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The Duke of Edinburgh is upstaged by Kermit the Frog in the Royal Box

Princes and frogs gathered together to celebrate the reign of King Charles III, and no, that wasn’t a typo.

In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance, Kermit the Frog could be seen waving and dancing in front of the Duke of Edinburgh in the Royal Box at Sunday evening’s Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle.

Amidst the star-studded cast list were two surprise additions: Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, the world’s two most famous Muppets.

They appeared together in a skit with host Hugh Bonneville while looking for their seats—Miss Piggy flirted with Bonneville, mistaking him for his Downton Abbey character, and telling him to pick out a big engagement ring for her.

“Oh, you feel it too! Lady Piggy, it just sounds so right, doesn’t it?” she asked him.

Bonneville quipped: “Give me a bear with a marmalade habit any time,” referring to the late Queen Elizabeth II’s skit with Paddington Bear at the Platinum Jubilee concert last year.

Later, Kermit appeared in the Royal Box in front of Prince Edward. Miss Piggy was nowhere to be seen.

Kermit the Frog released a statement, as shared by The Telegraph: “It was such an incredible honour for Miss Piggy and me to be invited to participate in the Coronation Concert for King Charles III.

“The United Kingdom was our home while filming The Muppet Show and we’ve loved it ever since.

“As a frog, it’s always a thrill to hop across the world’s biggest pond — especially for a once in a lifetime event like this! I would like to thank His Majesty and the entire Royal Family for having us. Congratulations, Your Majesty!”

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy were only two of the big cartoon characters who appeared at Sunday’s concert: Winnie the Pooh and Piglet were there, too. Lionel Ritchie, Katy Perry, Take That, and Andrea Bocelli also performed.

About author

Jess Ilse is the Assistant Editor at Royal Central. She specialises in the British, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Royal Families and has been following royalty since Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. Jess has provided commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Jess works in communications and her debut novel THE MAJESTIC SISTERS will publish in Fall 2024.