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King Charles Praises Long-Running Soap Opera During Surprise Awards Show Appearance

King Charles III shared details about his streaming preference during a surprise appearance at the National Television Awards. (Hint: it’s not The Crown.)

This week, the 73-year-old monarch appeared in a video that was broadcast during the 27th annual awards show. In the clip, King Charles celebrated the 50th anniversary of Emmerdale, a long-running soap opera that was originally called Emmerdale Farm.

“I’m delighted to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Emmerdale, and I am afraid I am so old that I can remember when it was called Emmerdale Farm, owned by the Sugdens,” he joked.

King Charles continued, “It is a testament to all the hard work of the production team that has become such an important British institution and major British export with hundreds of thousands of fans from Scandinavia to New Zealand all keen to follow the fortunes of what is left of the Sugdens and their newer neighbors.”  

The 50th anniversary celebration for Emmerdale was planned, but no one expected a surprise appearance by King Charles. Shortly after it aired, fans expressed their disappointment on social media because the host, Joel Dommett, referred to the monarch as the “Prince of Wales.” Dommett later apologized and noted that the segment was filmed before King Charles ascended the throne.

We wouldn’t be surprised if King Charles made a future cameo on Emmerdale.

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