RuPaul returned to put another set of queens through their paces (Picture: BBC)
Warning: spoilers ahead for RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 4 episode 1.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK viewers were left feeling a little awkward after the host’s phrase: ‘her majesty done already done had herses’ was left unchanged after the Queen’s death.
Season four of the competition is officially here, with a brand new bunch of queens preparing to fight for the crown.
Since season one, the queens have received challenges via video messages, with an exclamation of: ‘Her majesty done already done had herses,’ a take on Ru’s catchphrase: ‘She done already done had herses.’
Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, some had wondered if the phrase would be changed – but it aired unchanged in episode one.
‘As if they didn’t change her majesty done already done had herses,’ one viewer tweeted, with another adding: ‘I can’t believe they kept the “her majesty done already done had herses” voice over.’
‘That “her majesty done already done had herses” definitely hits different now…’ another said, with one more adding: ‘Just realised they’ve kept the “Her Majesty” line in #DragRaceUK.’
The series is pre-recorded and was filmed months before the death of the Queen.
During episode one, the competitors were thrown straight into deep end, taking part in a Spice Girls-themed photoshoot from the get-go before delivering two looks for the runway, the first inspired by the BBC’s 100th anniversary and the second a showcase of their signature drag.
The Queen died on September 8 (Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
In the end, after landing in the bottom two against Dakota Schiffer, Just May became the first queen to be told by head judge RuPaul to sashay away after losing in the lip sync, which was set to Mabel’s Let Them Know.
Speaking of Just May’s efforts, guest judge Dame Joanna Lumley said: ‘She hadn’t achieved glamour in her “Ru Are Ya” look. It was sweet but it wasn’t glamorous.’
After learning she’d become the first queen to be axed from the competition, Just May said that it felt ‘iconic’ to be the first, taking after Geri Halliwell’s exit from the Spice Girls.
Speaking of her experience on the show, Just May said that while it was ‘short and sweet’, she ‘loved every moment of it’.
‘I’ve always been a big fan of the show so to be a part of myself was an incredible experience!’ she said, while also adding that ‘everyone remembers the first eliminated queen’.
Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Drag Race UK for comment.