Sat. Jun 22nd, 2024
King and Queen Open Liverpool Eurovision 2023 StageKing and Queen Open Liverpool Eurovision 2023 Stage

In anticipation of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, which is scheduled to commence next month in Liverpool, a royal visit was paid to the host city. His Majesty The King Charles and Her Majesty The Queen Consort Camilla, visited Liverpool Arena to witness the city’s preparations for the biggest music contest in the world.

During the visit, they had the privilege of unveiling the splendid Eurovision stage, which has been completed in readiness to receive contestants from 37 countries.

Following a collective countdown from ten, the couple pressed a button that activated the dynamic lighted floors and walls of the Eurovision stage. During the countdown, His Majesty King Charles appeared momentarily preoccupied, prompting a gentle reminder from Her Majesty Queen Consort Camilla, who urged him to place his hand on the button.

Photo: Nick Robinson

Photo: Nick Robinson

Crafted by the esteemed designer Julio Himede, the Eurovision 2023 stage embodies the tenets of unity celebration. Spanning over 450 square metres, the awe-inspiring set boasts an additional 220 square metres of autonomous video screens, which pivot and rotate independently. Additionally, the stage incorporates over 700 video tiles integrated into the floor and more than 1500 metres of LED lighting, resulting in a truly mesmerizing spectacle.

Charles and Camilla also chatted with UK 2023 entry Mae Muller and some of the Eurovision hosting team, including Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina, Emmy-Award winning actress Hannah Waddingham, and BBC Radio 2 commentators Rylan and Scott Mills. They also met with music director of Eurovision 2023 Kojo Samuel.

Tim Davie, BBC Director General, 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.”

Martin Green CBE, Managing Director of Eurovision, said:

“We are thrilled His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort have unveiled this landmark moment for 2023 Eurovision. It has been a fantastic collaboration between all of our partners and the BBC to get to this point and now the stage is officially set to capture everyone’s imaginations and bring together audiences from across the world.”

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