Eurovision 2023: Liverpool stage unveiled by royal visitors

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26 Apr 2023, 14:17

King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla unveil the stage for Eurovision in Liverpool.

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The King and Queen Consort stopped by to reveal the arena’s staging for the first time.

While preparations are in full swing for the upcoming coronation, the King and Queen Consort have taken time out to visit the home of the other major event taking place this May - Eurovision.

It is only two weeks until the first Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, which is being held in the United Kingdom for the first time in 25 years, on behalf of last year’s winner Ukraine.

For weeks now, the M&S Bank Arena in host city Liverpool has been getting ready for the world’s largest live music event, before rehearsals begin in the next few days, and now the finished stage has been unveiled to the world.

A video, released by the BBC, shows King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla pushing a button that brings the arena to life, revealing the stage, lighting, green room, and seating area.

The spectacular stage was designed by Julio Himede, and has been created using the principles of “togetherness, celebration and community”, with more than 450 square metres of staging and over 1500 metres of LED lights.

During their visit, The King and Queen Consort also met some of the faces of this year’s contest: hosts Julia Sanina and Hannah Waddingham, BBC Radio 2 commentators Rylan and Scott Mills, and this year’s UK entrant Mae Muller.

BBC Director-General Tim Davie, who was also present at the arena, said: “It is an honour that His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort have come here today to reveal the fantastic staging for our Eurovision Song Contest programming.

“This set will be the focal point for all of the celebrations and we cannot wait to see it lighting up Liverpool and TV screens across the world.”

The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final will take place on Saturday 13th May, with the Semi-Finals on Tuesday 9th and Thursday 11th May - all broadcast live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.