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Dame Barbara Windsor returning to Albert Square for one last time

EastEnders fans anticipating the return of matriarch Peggy Mitchell, played by Dame Barbara Windsor, will not have to wait much longer.

Dame Barbara Windsor is leaving EastEnders for good. Credit: Yui Mok / PA Wire/PA Images

In just over a week the popular character will return and Albert Square residents will be made aware of Peggy's presence when she takes a trip around the place she once called home on a milk float.

Peggy will be greeted by alcoholic son Phil Mitchell, played by Steve McFadden, and her grandchildren Ben and Louise Mitchell.

Peggy's niece Ronnie Mitchell, played by Samantha Womack, will also welcome the formidable figure back to Albert Square.

Peggy's son Grant, played by Ross Kemp, will also return for Dame Barbara's final scenes.

The actor, 51, made his first appearance in the popular soap in 1990 before departing nine years later.

He was last seen on-screen as Grant in 2006.

Kemp said the prospect of going back to the soap that made him a household name is daunting.

Talking about playing Grant again, Kemp recently said he was "wetting himself" at the prospect.

Peggy, played by Dame Barbara since 1994, made a surprise return in January to tell Phil her cancer had returned.

She will return to EastEnders in the week commencing May 9.

Dame Barbara has said she made the decision "a while ago" to leave EastEnders and she "needed to say goodbye to Peggy once and for all".