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Dominic West followed in his on-screen character King Charles’s footsteps today as he arrived in Canary Wharf to film series six of The Crown – just days after the real-life monarch visited the area to carry out a royal engagement.
West, 53, arrived in character to film scenes as King Charles in the final season of the hit Netflix show, which covers events from the late 1990s and early 2000s. It is unclear what event the cast were filming today, but signs held by extras and the number plates on the cars suggested it was a scene set in Canada, and could
The actor, who played King Charles in series five and will resume his role in series six, had his hair parted in the style of the King and wore a camel coat as he stepped out of a car with blacked-out windows to screams from extras on set, before walking into One Canada Square in character.
A video from Reuters showed the scene being filmed while also capturing a shot of the actor playing Prince Harry in series six.
Earlier this week the real King, 74, arrived in Canary Wharf to open the European Bank for Reconstruction – and he too was greeted with applause as he carried out the royal engagement.
The Reuters video showed crowds of extras who were dressed up to look like royal fans standing behind barriers and carrying signs gushing over Prince William.
With umbrellas in their hands to shield from the rain, the extras, who were mainly girls and young women, also carried flowers and screamed to recreate the buzz of excited royal fans.
As West stepped out of the car in character, the crowd’s screams grew louder, as he waved to them and stepped onto the red carpet to walk into the building.
Earlier this week, King Charles arrived in Canary Wharf to carry out royal engagements as he visited the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development headquarters. Upon arrival, he was also greeted with applause by staff members.
Canary Wharf transformed into a Canadian city today as extras transformed into 1990s royal fans welcoming King Charles to the area in scenes in series six of The Crown
Footage showed Dominic West stepping out of a car in character as King Charles as the crowd roared
The set recreated a motorcade used during the visit to Canada to transport the King, who was the Prince of Wales at the time
Extras were dressed up as adorign fans and held signs and flowers, and screamed as West (as Charles) got out of the car
The extras carried signs expressing their love for Prince William as they waited behind barriers and screamed when Charles got out of the car
A clip of the set showed an actor who appeared to be playing Prince Harry inside the lobby of One Canada Square
While carrying out the visit at the bank’s London headquarters, which was established at the end of the Cold War, he paid tribute to Ukraine and said he was determined to visit the country once more.
‘I must go again before I get too old. I would like the chance to see Ukraine again,’ the King said.
As footage of The Crown set showed the day’s goings-on, the video appeared to give a glimpse of the actor who has been cast as Prince Harry following a casting call last September.
The unidentified actor first appeared on set in early March when the cast filmed scenes depicting the Queen’s Thanksgiving service for her 50th wedding anniversary in Greenwich, south east London.
A picture provided the first look at the new Harry, alongside The Duke of Edinburgh, played by Jonathan Pryce, and Queen, played by Imelda Staunton, wearing a striking blue outfit.
Also in the picture was Princess Anne, played by Claudia Harrison, next to the Queen, in a lilac coat and hat. Prince Charles, played by West, stood next to Marcia Warren in the role of the Queen Mother.
Prince William, played by Ed McVey, was seen waving as the actors playing Prince Edward and Prince Andrew were shown at the back of the group, alongside Anne’s husband Sir Tim Laurence.
As part of the Golden Wedding anniversary celebrations, the Queen and Prince Philip attended a lunch at Banqueting House in London. At the event the Queen gave a speech in which she looked back at a ‘remarkable fifty years’.