Camilla pays tribute to domestic abuse victims with powerful ribbon scene on EastEnders

Prince Charles and Camilla made their debut on hit BBC One soap EastEnders on Thursday 2 June.

The Prince of Wales, 73, and Duchess of Cornwall, 74, starred as themselves and joined Albert Square's residents with a street party to celebrate the Queen 's Platinum Jubilee.

In one powerful moment, Camilla tied a ribbon for "all the victims of domestic abuse" after meeting Karen Taylor, played by Lorraine Stanley, whose on-screen daughter Chantelle Atkins, played by Jessica Plummer, was murdered in a domestic abuse storyline.

The Duchess of Cornwall took a purple ribbon and tied it around a tree in memory of Chantelle, who suffered months of abuse from on-screen husband Gray Atkins, played by Toby-Alexander Smith.


In powerful scenes, Camilla said: "This is for your daughter, Chantelle. This is for all victims of domestic abuse. It’s very important that she is remembered. My heart goes out to you, I know a lot of people who have lost children."

Viewers were quick to take to Twitter over the powerful moment with one person tweeting: "My favourite part of that episode was the tree to remember Chantelle and other domestic abuse victims, it was such a lovely thing to do #eastenders."

A different account put: "Excellent bit with the Duchess and the ribbon to highlight the cause #DomesticAbuse #EastEnders."

While another soap watcher added: "Oh im so emotional about Camilla placing a ribbon for domestic abuse. She is patron of so many domestic abuse charities. #EastEnders."

To mark the special episode, the hit BBC One soap changed its iconic theme tune to celebrate Prince Charles and Camilla 's debut, which was aired at the end of the episode.

The Jubilee-themed tune was composed by original theme tune composer Simon May and played as the residents celebrated the Royal visit and made a toast to Her Majesty The Queen’s seventy year reign.

Soap watchers will recall that other versions of the EastEnders theme tune include the likes of Julia’s Theme and Peggy’s theme, which are used for special episodes.

Chris Clenshaw, Executive Producer, said: "To have Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall not only visit us all in Walford, but to also appear in an episode, we felt it was only right that we marked this extremely momentous episode with a fitting tribute.

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"And what better way than to wish Their Royal Highnesses on their way from Albert Square than with a special Jubilee version of our iconic theme tune, remastered by the very talented Simon May."

The specially shot scenes were filmed back on 31 March when Prince Charles and Camilla visited the set of EastEnders to meet the cast and crew of the long running drama.

EastEnders continues on BBC One on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm on BBC One.

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