King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla will arrive in Liverpool today (April 26) to fulfil a busy schedule ahead of the coronation and the Eurovision Song Contest next month.
The pair will arrive in the city to officially turn on the lights to reveal the Eurovision stage at the M&S Bank Arena, meet key figures involved in the Song Contest and enjoy a recital by Liverpool poet Levi Tafari.
Charles and Camilla will also visit Liverpool Central Library to mark its twinning with Ukraine’s first public library, the Regional Scientific Library in Odessa.
Royal itinerary in Liverpool
- King Charles III will turn the lights on to reveal what the Eurovision Song Contest stage looks like.
- A meeting with Eurovision hosts Julia Sanina and Hannah Waddingham, plus BBC Radio 2’s Eurovision presenters Scott Mills and Rylan Clark.
- The royal couple will also meet the UK’s entry, Mae Muller, who will sing her track ‘I Wrote a Song’ at the Grand Final on May 13, as well as Blue Peter presenters Joel Mawhinney, Abby Cook and Mwaksy Mudenda.
- Charles and Camilla will greet key partners involved in a two-week cultural festival running alongside the contest.
- A recital of Poem For Eurovision by Liverpool poet Levi Tafari, written with the help of secondary pupils in the region, as part of Eurolearn - a Eurovision-inspired education programme.
- The royal couple will also visit Liverpool Central Library to mark its twinning with Ukraine’s first public library, the Regional Scientific Library in Odessa.
- Charles will reveal a plaque to mark the twinning libraries and end their trip with a performance by the English National Opera.
- The King will be greeted at William Brown Street by a brass band and a choir of young people from local schools.
Potential protest: Campaign group Republic has announced its intention to protest outside Liverpool Central Library on Wednesday, from 12pm. The anti-monarchy group said ‘we want a choice, not Charles’ and have staged a series of protests in the lead up to the King’s coronation on May 6.