The musical extravaganza, staged at Windsor Castle on Sunday to celebrate King Charles’ Coronation, saw pop stars including Lionel Richie and Katy Perry entertain a crowd of 20,000 spectators, with millions more watching on TV around the world.
And just before host Hugh Bonneville introduced the final act of the star-studded event, Take That, Kermit the Frog appeared in the royal box waving a Union flag in front of a grinning Edward.
And now, the Duke of Edinburgh, 59, has revealed how Kermit’s appearance sparked fears that another of the Muppets could turn up in the royal seating area too.
“Everybody in the Royal Box was nervous when Miss Piggy would turn up,” he said during an engagement on Monday.
“There was an empty seat just behind me and we didn’t know who it was for.
“We suddenly thought it could be her and once we started that rumour, everyone around us was very nervous.”
Kermit and Miss Piggy sparked huge laughter from King Charles during their appearance at the concert.
Miss Piggy described host Hugh Bonneville as a “real Lord” – apparently mistaking the actor for the character he plays in Downton Abbey – which appeared to bring a smile to the King’s face.
And the new monarch laughed after she referred to him as “King Charlesy Warlesy”.
The Muppets characters were among a series of iconic figures to appear throughout the Coronation Concert.
Actor Tom Cruise featured in a video message from his Top Gun plane, saying: “Pilot to pilot. Your Majesty, you can be my wingman any time.”
Stars including Hugh Jackman, Pierce Brosnan, Dame Joan Collins, Bear Grylls OBE, Alan Titchmarsh, and Sir Tom Jones also gave pre-recorded video messages in honour of the King throughout the event.
The Coronation Concert, beamed onto large screens across the country, saw Prince William make a speech honouring his father the King before performances by Katy Perry, Take That, Lionel Richie, and Nicole Scherzinger.
While the show was put on, 10 towns and cities across the country were treated to “spectacular” light displays, while 1,000 drones took to the sky for a UK-first “multi-location drone show”.
The audience heard from King Charles at the top of the show, but not in a way expected – mixed into Pete Tong Ibiza Classics, featuring Vula and Jerub.
Speaking to the PA news agency backstage ahead of the event, Pete said: “He wanted Ibiza classics, that was very specific.”
Take That took to the stage for the finale with Greatest Day, Shine and, to close the show, Never Forget, featuring an intro from The Choristers of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
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