The appearance of Miss Piggy at the Coronation Concert made many in the Royal Box “very nervous”, the Duke of Edinburgh has admitted.
Prince Edward said that he along with the rest of those sat in the box were worried the Muppets character could turn up in an empty seat behind them, joking that everyone “much more concerned” about that than anything else. But ultimately, just Kermit the Frog visited the newly crowned King and Queen in the Royal Box towards the conclusion of the event.
Edward said he thought the Coronation ceremony went “very well” and that while it was shorter in duration than that of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in 1953, there was nothing “missing” from it. The Duke spoke while attending a Guide Dogs puppy training class in Reading with his wife the Duchess of Edinburgh for the Big Help Out initiative.
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Volunteers and staff joined the Royal couple for an interactive training class to teach the puppies skills as they continue to be trained to become guide dogs.
After the class the Duke was asked how he thought King Charles III’s coronation went, to which he responded: “It all went very well and even if it was shorter than the last one, I don’t think anyone could have possibly spotted anything that was missing, so that’s nice.
“I couldn’t actually see what happened in the procession because the trouble of being part of it is that you don’t see it – we need to catch up and watch it,” he said.
The next topic of conversation was the concert held at Windsor Castle on Sunday night, which included a special appearance from Muppets characters Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.
“Everyone around us got very nervous.”
The character’s mention prompted a disapproving look from Edward, who said: “We were much more concerned about Miss Piggy turning up in the Royal Box.”
He laughed: “There was an empty seat behind me and we didn’t know who it was, we thought they just didn’t turn up, but then we suddenly thought it could be her and once we started that rumour, everyone around us got very nervous.”
The Duke also pointed out that it was the fourth coronation to be rained on, so it was “quite appropriate that we managed to continue that tradition”, The Telegraph reports.
The Duchess added that the Coronation weekend had been “absolutely extraordinary”.