King Charles and Queen Camilla Make Surprise Appearance on ‘American Idol’

King Charles and Queen Camilla.
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From Buckingham Palace to...the American Idol stage? Amidst all the excitement from coronation weekend, King Charles III, 74, and Queen Camilla, 75, also found time to film a surprise segment for the latest episode of American Idol.

The episode premiered last night at 8 P.M. EST in the U.S., only hours after the coronation concert took place in the U.K. The clip was posted to the official American Idol Instagram, with a caption that read: “Surprise! Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla join @lionelrichie and @katyperry from Windsor Castle! [crown emoji] #Coronation.”

Of course, it is fitting that the king and queen consort decided to stop by the competition series, given that two of the show's judges—Katy Perry, 38, and Lionel Richie, 73—were musical guests at the coronation concert.

At the beginning of the clip, we see the American Idol hosts talking about the coronation. Then Richie says, “Now, we're trying to figure out—what can we do to bring something different to the show?”

Immediately after, he asks Perry to scoot over and King Charles and Queen Camilla are seen walking into the shot.

American Idol judges.
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In the rest of the clip, we see the king and queen consort joking around with the American Idol judges, with King Charles asking: “I just wanted to check—how long will you be using this room for?”

But in a moment of seriousness, the king thanked the pair for performing during the coronation weekend, saying, “Thank you so much for your brilliant performance.” And then, when he asked them if they'd be coming to the party next door (AKA the coronation festivities), Richie says, “As soon as we finish, we're coming to the party.”

Next time, we would love to see these royals do a cover of a Katy or Lionel song.

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