Britain’s King Charles III, accompanied by his wife Camilla, today unveiled the stage at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena, which will host this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

After a countdown, the royal couple pressed a large pink button and the stage lit up, revealing a spectacular backdrop.

Charles and Camilla also met singer May Muller who will represent the UK in this year’s competition. “We will watch with great interest” the singing competition, they told the 25-year-old, assuring her that they support her effort. The royal couple also took part in filming for Blue Peter, the longest-running children’s entertainment program on British television.

Liverpool, in northwest England, will host this year’s Eurovision Song Contest from May 9-13 after last year’s winner Ukraine is unable to host it due to the ongoing Russian invasion. Britain was ranked 2nd last year.

In February, the British government announced it would make 3,000 tickets available to Ukrainian refugees to attend the song contest.

The big Eurovision celebration will be hosted a few days after the official coronation ceremony of King Charles III at Westminster Abbey (May 6) and the concert that will follow, 24 hours later, at Windsor Castle.