The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 is being given the royal seal of approval with King Charles and Queen Camilla to reveal the staging and meet its stars including Mae Muller.
Charles, 74, and the Queen consort, 75, will be given a tour around the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool and rub shoulders with the UK’s entry, as well as the celebrity presenters and creative team on Wednesday.
The couple will be introduced to Eurovision hosts Julia Sanina, Hannah Waddingham, Scott Mills and Rylan Clark and BBC bosses including director general Tim Davie and director of content Charlotte Moore.
The grand final of the competition is due to take place on May 13, a week after the coronation ceremony, and it is being held in the UK for the first time in 25 years.
Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra took the win last year, but was deemed unable to host due to the ongoing Russian invasion with Sam Ryder coming in second, the UK have been handed the honour.
Charles and Camilla’s visit to the arena is one of several royal engagements in Liverpool, recognising the cultural partnership of the UK and Ukraine and celebrating Eurovision.
They will also visit Liverpool Central Library to officially mark its twinning with Ukraine’s first public library, the Regional Scientific Library in Odesa.
Touring the library space, Charles will meet Ukrainian refugees and their host families who have been supported by The Prince’s Trust while Camilla meets young people as part of a story telling session.
The pair will then together meet members of the Ukrainian Community in Liverpool and their host families.
Charles will later reveal a plaque to mark the twinning of the libraries, during a live link with the site in Odesa, and the visit will end with a performance by English National Opera.
The Eurovision Song Contest kicks off Saturday May 13 at 8pm on BBC One.
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