Queen Elizabeth never misses an episode of British reality show ‘Coach Trip’

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits The Kelpies sculpture to unveil a plaque to name the Queen Elizabeth II canal near Falkirk, Scotland, Britain, July 5th 2017. Reuters/Mary Turner

Queen Elizabeth is reportedly such a fan of British reality show that she even has palace aides record episodes for her if she is away. “Coach Trip” presenter Brendan Sheerin has claimed the monarch has never missed an episode of his show.

The 58-year-old travel guide, who has been hosting the show since 2005, believes that one of the show’s biggest fans is the Queen. According to his sources, the 91-year-old royal is so devoted to the series that she has had aides record the episodes for her when she couldn’t watch them.

“I’ve heard the Queen has it recorded in when she’s away,” Sheerin told the Sun. “It makes me so proud as I love the Queen. I think she’s an amazing lady, especially all the good thigns she’s done for this country. She’s phenomenal.”

The reality series follows several teams of two going on a coach tour of different European countries or, in some seasons, different African and Asian cities. The teams must participate in different activities, such as accordion lessons, cycling, parasailing and skydiving. At the end of each episode, the teams vote a couple to be removed from the bus until there is one team left standing. Sheerin acts as the teams’ tour guide. The new season of the show, called “Coach Trip: Road to Zante,” premiered on E4 on Monday.

The Queen has never given an interview and therefore it’s difficult to ascertain if she indeed watches the show or any reality show. In January, another TV presenter also said that Queen Elizabeth was a fan of his show.

Alexander Armstrong, who claimed he was also told by palace insiders, said that the head of the Commonwealth enjoyed watching “Pointless,” a quiz show airing on the BBC. “A Palace insider told us that she watches it,” Armstrong told Radio Times then.

A source told the Daily Mail that the Queen stumbled upon the program six years ago by accident as the show preceded the BBC One News at Six, which she usually watched. “When the family is together, she prefers parlour games such as charades rather than factual quizzes like Trivial Pursuit at which, I was once told, she is notoriously bad,” the insider said.

Last week, it was claimed that Queen Elizabeth’s favourite song was “Dancing Queen” by Abba. A friend of presenter Chris Evans said that the monarch even called herself the “dancing queen” when the song was being played at a dinner event at the Windsor Castle.

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