'EastEnders' will commemorate Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla's cameo in the soap by ending Thursday night's (02.06.22) episode with a new take on the iconic theme tune.

EastEnders will air a special royal theme tune to mark Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla's cameo

EastEnders will air a special royal theme tune to mark Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla's cameo

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will make a special appearance in the BBC One soap later this week as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, and Simon May - who composed the show's original theme - has composed a new Jubilee-themed tune that will play out as the Albert Square residents celebrate the royal visit and make a toast to Queen Elizabeth's 70-year reign.

Chris Clenshaw, Executive Producer, said: "To have Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall not only visit us all in Walford, but to also appear in an episode, we felt it was only right that we marked this extremely momentous episode with a fitting tribute and what better way than to wish Their Royal Highnesses on their way from Albert Square than with a special Jubilee version of our iconic theme tune, remastered by the very talented Simon May."

'EastEnders' has been known to end the show with other variations of the original theme on special occasions.

The soap has featured 'Julia's Theme' - named after 'EastEnders' co-creator Julia Smith - alongside the end credits more than 70 times.

It was first heard in April 1985 when Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) cries into the arms of his grandmother Lou (Anna Wing) after a heart-to-heart, because his father Pete (Peter Dean) didn't want him to become a chef.

The theme has also been used for more hard-hitting storylines, such as in February 1993 when Pauline Fowler (Wendy Richard) and Pat Butcher (Pam St Clement) had a heart-to-heart after Pat ran over and killed a girl, and more recently in March when Keegan Butcher-Baker (Zack Morris) and Tiffany Butcher-Baker (Maisie Smith) left Walford together for Germany after reuniting.

The soap also aired 'Peggy's Theme', a different variation of 'Julia's Theme', which featured in Dame Barbara Windsor's farewell episode as Peggy Mitchell in September 2010.

It also aired in May 2016, as Peggy's son Phil Mitchell read a letter from the character following her death, and in July 2016 after her funeral. Barbara passed away in December 2020 aged 83.