The Queen visits the Antiques Roadshow

The Queen at the Antiques Roadshow at Hillsborough Castle. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Queen is shown antiques buy experts (left to right) (left to right) Hilary Kay, Paul Atterby and John Axford at the Antiques Roadshow at Hillsborough Castle. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh talked to antiques experts at their official royal residence in Northern Ireland yesterday ahead of filming for the popular Antiques Roadshow.

The Queen at the Antiques Roadshow at Hillsborough Castle. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
The Queen is shown antiques by experts (left to right) Hilary Kay, Paul Atterby and John Axford at Hillsborough Castle, Belfast. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It’s not just us mere mortals that are fascinated by antiques, it appears the Royal Family are equally as inspired.

On a visit to her royal residence of Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland the Queen met with three experts from BBC One’s long-running Antiques Roadshow yesterday: Paul Atterbury, John Axford and Hilary Kay, who each gave their views on pieces on display in the castle.

Antiques Roadshow presenter Fiona Bruce said: “I’ve been told the Queen is a fan of the programme and was keen to be a part of it. She enjoyed a lively conversation with our experts and afterwards asked when it was going out so that she might be able to watch.”

First broadcast in 19679, the Antiques Roadshow, is something of a British institution in which members of the public are invited to have their antiques and collectables examined and valued by experts in a different heritage setting around Britain each week.

In answer to the Queen’s question, this episode of the show, which will film today, will screen in the UK in September.

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