The Duchess and Duke of Cornwall held a celebration today to celebrate the 70th anniversary her radio 4 soap opera, The Archers. 

Camila (74), met with cast members, and watched as the voice actors played a scene. Camila has been listening to this programme for over 40 years at Clarence House today. 

The royal graced the fictional village of Ambridge with her presence in 2011 after admitting she was ‘an Archers addict’ who is so dedicated to the soap she has pals update her on the plot while overseas. 

This is the world’s longest-running radio soap. But celebrations of its 70th birthday were delayed by the pandemic coronavirus. 

The Duchess of Cornwall was all smiled today as she hosted a celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of her beloved Radio 4 soap opera The Archers

The Duchess of Cornwall was all smiled today as she hosted a celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of her beloved Radio 4 soap opera The Archers

The Duchess, 74, met June Spencer CBE who plays Peggy Woolley in the BBC programme and cut an Archers-themed cake

June Spencer CBE (74-year-old Duchess) met the Duchess and they cut an Archers-themed birthday cake.

During the celebration Camilla met June Spencer, 102, who is best known for her role as Peggy Woolley in the BBC soap having first stepped into the role in 1950

Camilla, 102, met June Spencer during the celebration. June Spencer is most well-known for her role of Peggy Woolley on the BBC soap. She first took up the position in 1950.

The Duchess watched as Carole Boyd, Ben Norris and Sunny Ormonde who play Lynda Snell, Ben Archer and Lilian Bellamy, respectively, performed a scene from the drama

Carole Boyd (Ben Norris, Sunny Ormonde, and Ben Archer, who respectively play Lynda Bellamy and Lilian Bellamy), were watched by the Duchess.

During the celebration Camilla met June Spencer, 102, who is best known for her role as Peggy Woolley in the BBC soap having first stepped into the role in 1950.

Her total of 64 years in the role make her the second longest serving actor in a soap opera worldwide and she and Camilla celebrated the show’s success by cutting an Archers themed cake. 

Carole Boyd (Ben Norris), Sunny Ormonde and Sunny Ormonde, who respectively play Lynda Smith, Ben Archer, and Lilian Bellamy in the drama, watched.  

Camilla also had a meeting with Jeremy Howe (who has been the show’s editor since 2018), before giving a speech celebrating the event.  

Camilla is pictured making a speech at the celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of The Archers at Clarence House this afternoon

Camilla is pictured making a speech at the celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of The Archers at Clarence House this afternoon 

The Duchess of Cornwall appeared in high spirits as cast members performed a scene of the world's longest running radio soap opera

As cast members played a scene from the longest-running radio soap opera, The Duchess Of Cornwall was seen in good spirits. 

The royal listened avidly alongside the show's editor Jeremy Howe during the performance at Clarence House this afternoon

During this performance at Clarence House on Wednesday afternoon, the royal listened intently with show editor Jeremy Howe 

Camilla erupted into applause after the scene at the celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of The Archers this afternoon

After the scenes at The Archers’ 70th Anniversary Celebration, Camilla burst into applause. 

Camilla has been an avid Archers listener for decades and made a speech celebrating the show at the celebration this afternoon

Camilla, a long-time Archers fan, gave a speech at this celebration to celebrate the show. 

At the event, she was in good spirits and wore a black structured gown with white decorative stitching that she teamed with black tights.  

A pair of pearl earrings was a common accessory for the royal. 

Camilla was an Archers fan for many decades. Prince Charles, however, is less enthusiastic about the radio program.

When she met cast members for the programme’s 60th anniversary the royal admitted she ‘cannot do without’ the programme and that she was so upset by the death of long-standing character Nigel Pargetter that January that she broke down in tears.

In 2011, she even appeared on the show. As president of The National Osteoporosis Society, she was at Grey Gables Country House Hotel to address supporters. 

The royal has previously admitted she ‘cannot do without’ the programme and made a speech at the event this afternoon

Camilla is pictured addressing The Archers cast members as they commemorate their 70th anniversary

The royal has previously admitted she ‘cannot do without’ the programme and made a speech at the event this afternoon commemorating 70 years of the soap opera 

The Duchess appeared in high spirits at the event, where she opted to wear a black structured dress featuring white decorative stitching which she paired with thick black tights

In high spirits, the Duchess wore black and structured dresses with white stitching. She paired them with black tights.

Camilla met with Jeremy Howe, who has acted as the show's editor since 2018, ahead of making a speech in celebration of the show

Camilla met Jeremy Howe (who has been the show’s editor since 2018), before giving a speech celebrating the show.

The royal was typically polished, accessorising with a pair of dainty pearl earrings, a small gold chain and a collection of delicate gold and blue bracelets

The Royal was often polished and accessorized with delicate pearl earrings and small gold chains.

Camilla appeared in high spirits at the event this afternoon and is pictured shaking hands with the programme's editor

Camilla looked in great spirits during the event and was pictured shaking hands at the editor. 

Camilla was all smiles at the event celebrating the programme, to which she has been listening for more than 40 years, at Clarence House this afternoon

Camilla looked radiant at Clarence House’s celebration of the program, which she had been listening to for 40+ years.

The editor of The Archers Jeremy Howe is pictured making a speech at the reception this afternoon

The editor of The Archers Jeremy Howe is pictured making a speech at the reception this afternoon

After Princess Margaret and the first episode in 1984, The Duchess has been the second appearance of the royal family on the show. 

Camilla appeared alongside character Caroline Sterling – played by Sara Coward – who also performed alongside Princess Margaret when she made her appearance more than 35 years ago.   

Actress Sara said at the time: ‘It was fascinating to go to Kensington Palace to record with Princess Margaret 27 years ago, and Clarence House was still more fun. The Duchess was relaxed, charming and wonderfully natural.’ 

The Midlands Home Service aired the pilot episode on The Archers, May 29, 1950. The show went national on January 1, 1951.