EastEnders spoilers follow.
EastEnders has aired a topical reference to Queen Elizabeth II’s death in the latest episode.
The instalment on Monday (September 12) featured a newly-inserted scene acknowledging the sad news of The Queen’s passing. This special scene featured Kathy Beale, royal superfan Linda Carter and Denise Fox reminiscing about how they’d been impacted by the loss.
Kathy struck a chord as she likened The Queen’s death to “losing our nan”, with Linda agreeing: “We have! The country, well, we’ve all lost our nan.”
When Linda pointed out the Queen had “dedicated her entire life to serving us”, Kathy and Denise described her as “dignified” through her last day.
“We’ll never see anyone like her again,” Linda noted.
The trio also reflected on their recent meeting with King Charles III, toasting him by saying: “Long live the King.”
The soap only recently featured a celebratory episode with the royal family for the Queen’s Jubilee in June, where the then-Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited Albert Square.
Various Walford residents were able to share the screen with the royals, including a powerful moment where the couple acknowledged beloved character Chantelle Atkinson’s death from domestic violence.
The most recent changes were announced late on Monday, as tonight’s episode shifted from BBC One to BBC Two to air at the much-later time of 9pm.
The BBC has now adjusted EastEnders‘ schedule for the rest of the week to allow for additional coverage leading up The Queen’s state funeral next Monday (September 19).
Throughout this week, the BBC will be releasing EastEnders episodes on the iPlayer at 7.30pm to ensure fans can watch them in their usual slot, in case the TV transmissions are time-shifted.
EastEnders airs on Mondays-Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.