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Simon Vigar

As one of the longest-serving Royal correspondents on British TV, Simon Vigar has interviewed and/or met most members of the Royal Family. He was one of the privileged few journalists to receive an invitation to the State funeral of Elizabeth II.

Simon has covered Royal tours from South Africa to the Solomon Islands, Barbados to Bhutan and had a front row seat at all the major Royal events in recent years. He has covered births, marriages, deaths and three jubilees and interviewed Princes Philip and Harry, Princess Anne and the then Duchess of Cornwall. Simon’s association with 5 News goes back to its launch in 1997 and he is the only remaining reporter from the original line-up. He has covered other major events including the Paris attacks, the 7/7 bombings, the Grenfell tragedy and London 2012.

Simon has also worked for some of the biggest players in radio including Capital, Heart and LBC and been a voiceover artist for Discovery, Sky Sports and Formula 1. He is passionate about improving diversity within journalism and, for many years, has been involved with the John Schofield Trust. Away from work, Simon is an authority on flags and is a question-setter for the top charity event in broadcast news, the fiendish Ultimate News Quiz.

Patrick Jephson

Best-selling author Patrick Jephson is a consultant, broadcaster and award-winning journalist based in Washington DC. He writes, presents and advises on factual and drama programmes, appearing on every major US network as well as cable and international platforms worldwide.

In a notable recent assignment, he advised on several seasons of the acclaimed Netflix drama The Crown. His byline has appeared in every major UK newspaper and international titles as varied as TIME magazine, Vanity Fair, People, The Spectator, Paris Match, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the National Catholic Reporter. He is also a published authority on corporate and personal branding, addressing conferences on all six continents as well as events at the US State Department, the American University and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Patrick owes much of his practical communications experience to Princess Diana, who chose him to be her equerry and only private secretary/chief of staff. He served the Princess for eight years (1988-96), responsible for every aspect of her public life, worldwide humanitarian initiatives, and private organization. Under relentless media scrutiny, his tenure covered the period of Princess Diana’s greatest popularity as well as the constitutional controversy of her divorce from Prince Charles.

In 2022 he received an unreserved apology and substantial damages from the BBC when it was revealed that Panorama journalist Martin Bashir falsified documents to deceive Princess Diana that Patrick had betrayed her. He donated all the damages to the Ty Hafan Children’s hospice, the final patronage he arranged for Diana.

Patrick was born and raised in Ireland and holds a Master’s degree in political science from Cambridge University. A keen amateur historian, his ancestors include notable courtiers to Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and William III. As an officer in the Royal Navy, he served all over the world before being selected for royal duty. In March 2015 he became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

Patrick is currently working on a variety of publishing and television projects in the UK, USA and Australia. A qualified private pilot, he has recently added travel writing to his portfolio.

He is married to Mary Jo Jacobi, formerly special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and Assistant Secretary of Commerce to President George H W Bush.

Nicholas Owen

Nicholas Owen is one of news broadcasting’s best-known faces. He re-joined BBC News in 2007 as a Presenter on the News Channel and BBC One bulletins. For well over a decade before that he hosted all ITN’s major bulletins, including Channel Four News and News at Ten. He has appeared too in a wide range of other TV and radio programmes, including BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2006. On radio, he presented shows on Classic FM for many years.

Nicholas also chairs conferences and seminars and is a highly skilled conference facilitator and after dinner speaker. He has a wealth of experience hosting events and award ceremonies, both at home and abroad.

From 1994 to 2000 he was Royal Correspondent for ITV News. In that capacity he played a major role in reporting on the death and funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, for which ITN won an RTS Award. He compiled a book on her life entitled “Diana: The People’s Princess”.

He was a regular contributor to ITN’s Budget programmes, having joined ITN originally as Channel Four News Business and Economics Correspondent. During the first Gulf War Nicholas presented the highly-acclaimed Midnight Special Programmes when they were launched on Channel Four. He also anchored The Parliament Programme, Channel Four’s first daytime political series.

Nicholas began his journalistic career on the Surrey Mirror in 1964, moving to national newspapers in 1968. He worked for the Evening Standard and the Daily Telegraph before spending seven years with the Financial Times.

In 1981 Nicholas switched to television reporting, joining the BBC in the North of England, covering general and industrial stories for both regional and national news and current affairs programmes. He moved to ITN in 1984.

Nicholas Owen was born in 1947. He has a close interest in transport matters, especially railways and light rail schemes. His publications include a history of the British trolleybus. His memoirs “Days Like This” were published in 2012. He is married to a newspaper journalist, lives in Surrey, has four children – and a dozen grandchildren.

Tim Ewart

Tim Ewart is one of the most recognised faces at ITN as ITV News’ Royal Editor from 2009 to 2017 covering all major tours, the Diamond Jubilee, the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the birth of two royal babies and celebrations for the Queen’s longest reign and 90th birthday, as well as interviewing all the senior royals.

During his long career at ITN, he was the correspondent in Africa, Moscow, Warsaw and Washington, and Sports Editor, covering many of the biggest international stories – from the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union to The Olympics. He has reported from over 100 countries.

He also found the time to write two royal books: “Queen Elizabeth II, A Celebration of Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday” and “The Treasures of Queen Elizabeth ll. For the funeral of Prince Philip in April 2021 Tim commentated on MSNBC’s coverage.

He also presented BBC News South East for three years.

Sally Osman

Sally is the former Director of Royal Communications for Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Household. She also led communications at the BBC and has significant experience in understanding the practicalities and impact of soft power to help address modern leadership challenges.

She also led communications for SONY Europe, SKY television and UK broadcaster Channel 5, all during periods of market transformations, commercial challenges, innovation and crisis, learning valuable lessons under intense reputational and political pressures and public/media scrutiny.

Now a Senior Advisor at global CEO strategic advisory firm Teneo and a Meyler Campbell-accredited leadership coach, Sally is a board director of the Courtauld Institute of Art, of the English National Opera and a trustee of Our Future Health, the UK’s largest ever health research programme, developing new ways to prevent, detect and treat diseases.

Sally participated in the television coverage of the deaths of the Duke of Edinburgh and HM The Queen for the BBC, CNN and CTV in Canada.

Having started her career in newspaper and magazine journalism after studying law at Exeter University, Sally is an alumnus of the Wharton Business School, a Fellow and former Vice Chair of the Royal Television Society and member of The Marketing Group of Great Britain.

Angela Rippon

Angela Rippon has been a familiar face and voice in British broadcasting for over 50 years. The career of this award winning journalist has embraced an impressive variety of programmes on both radio and television for both Commercial and BBC stations in Britain, America and Australia.

The scope and quality of her work has been recognised by the Royal Television Society who entered her into their Hall of Fame in 1996. In 2002 she was voted European Woman of Achievement and in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2004 she was awarded an OBE in recognition of her services to Broadcasting, Charity and the Arts. Angela was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to dementia care in her role as development lead with Dementia Friendly Communities.

Trained as a journalist in her home town of Plymouth, Angela worked for both BBC Plymouth and the ITV station Westward Television before joining BBC National News in 1973. She was appointed the first woman journalist newsreader in 1975 and made two memorable appearances in the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Shows.

Angela was a founder member of the commercial breakfast service TV-am in 1982 and in 1984 moved to America to work for CBS in Boston.

She has presented a wide variety of programmes from hard news and current affairs, to quiz shows and magazine programmes for both BBC and Commercial radio and television. Titles include Come Dancing; Top Gear, the Antiques Roadshow, Masterteam, Crufts Championship, Holiday Hit Squad and The Holiday Programme.

She currently presents BBC’s Rip-Off Britain and reports for The One Show on BBC One reporting from various locations across the UK. Angela also presents BBC One’s HealthCheck UK Live, offering health advice and tips, as well as companionship as the UK endures a quarantine as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. She also lends her voice as question master on the hit BBC One game show The Wall, with Danny Dyer.

Angela has also presented the highly acclaimed BBC One programme How to Stay Young. In the first series Angela investigated how we can keep our brains and bodies fit and healthy. Angela also presented the second series where she investigated the latest experiments and research that could help put the brakes on the ageing process. Angela also presented the BBC One documentary, The Truth About Dementia, which saw her go on a very personal investigation looking into the little known brain disease.

In 2017, Angela championed Alexander Flemings discovery of antibiotics as Britain’s Greatest Invention as she battled 7 celebrities live on BBC Two.

She remains committed to a number of charities, including the British Red Cross of which she is Vice President. Angela travelled to Kenya for Comic Relief and was part of the Famous, Rich and in the Slums BBC One programme.

Angela has written 14 books, the most recent being Fabulous at Fifty and Beyond.

Angela also chairs conferences and seminars and is a highly skilled conference facilitator and after dinner speaker. She has a wealth of experience hosting events and award ceremonies, both at home and abroad.

Julia Somerville

Julia Somerville is currently one of the presenters on the successful flagship consumer BBC One programme Rip Off Britain. She also presents Rip Off Britain spin off series Food, Holidays and Rip Off Britain: LIVE.

Julia Somerville began her career in broadcasting when she joined the BBC in 1972 as a sub-editor in the Radio Newsroom. She became a chief-sub and then a reporter and was made Labour Affairs Correspondent in 1981. In 1983 she was recruited by BBC Television News to present the Nine O’Clock News.

In 1987 Julia joined ITN. During the next 14 years she presented News at Ten, the Lunchtime News and launched the ITN News Channel. She left ITN in 2001.

She is currently Chairman of the Advisory Committee on the Government Art Collection.

Camilla Tominey

Camilla Tominey is Associate Editor covering Politics and Royals at The Daily Telegraph in London.

She is also is the resident royal expert on ITV’s This Morning and appears frequently on royal documentaries on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. She currently presents her own Sunday
morning political programme on GB News.

Camilla often takes part in the BBC’s Question Time and Politics Live in her capacity as a member of the Westminster Lobby.

Camilla was formerly Political Editor, Royal Editor and columnist for the Sunday Express. She first started reporting on the British Royal Family in 2005, when she covered the King’s marriage
to Camilla Parker-Bowles at the Windsor Guildhall, watched by millions around the world.

Since then she has reported on all the major Royal stories, including Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton, their subsequent marriage and the births of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Her world exclusive scoops include breaking the news of Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan Markle, which was nominated for Scoop of the Year at the 2016 British Press Awards.

Camilla co-anchored both recent Royal Weddings for NBC’s Today Show, contributing to programming across the network that was watched by 55 million viewers.

An authority on Royalty, Camilla has spent the past decade shadowing the Royals at home and on tour. A seasoned interviewer, Camilla has been granted exclusive access to interview many
members of the Royal Family including Prince Harry, Zara Phillips, the Duchess of York and the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.

Internationally, as well as NBC she has worked with CBC, CTV and Global in Canada, Nine Network Australia, Germany’s ZDF and ARD, RTL in France and countless more broadcasters.

In 2019, she was awarded Journalist of the Year by the McLean-DB Recovery+ Awards, the ‘Oscars’ in the field of recovery from addiction for her work highlighting the plight of children of alcoholics.

She was nominated Multimedia Journalist of the Year at the 2021 London Press Club Awards, and Journalist of the Year at the Digital Publishing Awards 2023.
Camilla lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and three children.

Professor Kate Williams

Kate Williams is a historian and broadcaster. A specialist in modern history, royal and constitutional affairs, she’s Professor of Modern History at Reading University.

She was the co presenter of BBC Two’s RTS nominated Restoration Home and has presented and contributed to many historical shows on TV, including her BBC Two Young Victoria and recent BBC One show on VE Day and travel and talked on shows from The Great British Bake Off to the history of TV election coverage. To accompany the major BBC Two Drama, Versailles, Kate co-presented two series’ of Inside Versailles, delving deeper into the history of the French court. She alsp presented The Stuarts for UKTV and Netflix.

She is the in house historical analyst for CNN – providing expert commentary for news and events such as the DDay anniversary, the commemorations of the Holocaust atrocities and the funeral of Baroness Thatcher. She has worked with BBC politics and BBC events on their coverage of the Referendum in Scotland from Westminster with Andrew Neil for BBC One and travelling to Belgium to cover the anniversary outbreak of World War I with Sophie Raworth – and also the RTS award-winning 70th anniversary coverage of VE Day. She has presented two Inside Out films on Derbyshire’s Belper Mill and how the nation’s transport system resumed after WWII.

She’s also provided expert analysis and commentary for BBC One for the State Opening of Parliament, the Queen’s loyal address to Parliament, the Diamond Jubilee, the 60th anniversary of the Coronation and the Royal Wedding. She covered the Olympic Opening Ceremony for BBC World News. She has appeared on nearly every major international channel discussing British news – including NBC, ZDF and BBC Persia. The Radio 4 Today Programme called her ‘Historian Extraordinaire’.

Kate loves quiz shows and was a regular on the BBC4 show, The Quizeum, hosted by Griff Rhys Jones – dubbed the ‘human encyclopedia’ by the show! Kate won Celebrity Mastermind, with Emily Bronté as her specialist subject. She also took part in BBC Two’s The Great History Quiz: The Tudors. She’s the historian on Frank Skinner’s Radio 4 series, The Rest is History – called ‘Professor search engine’! Kate also regularly appeared on the BBC Two quiz show, Insert Name Here. Kate has also appeared on BBC One’s Would I Lie To You.

Kate reviews the papers often on Sky News, BBC Breakfast and Radio 4 Broadcasting House. She’s appeared often on BBC News, BBC Breakfast, Channel 4 News, ITV News, Channel 5 News and Good Morning Britain.

She’s presented radio documentaries on The History of the Smile and author of Self Help, Samuel Smiles. She appears often on Radio 4 programmes including Today, Woman’s Hour, PM, World at One and World Tonight and also on Radio 2 shows including as a historian on the Jeremy Vine and Chris Evans show.

Kate is a NYT bestselling author of six historical books. Her biographies of Josephine Bonaparte is being made into a major TV series by Ecosse and her biography of Emma Hamilton is being made into a film. Kate’s most recent book, Edge of the Fall, continues the trilogy about the De Witt family from 1914-1939.

Kate is also an experienced after dinner speaker and lecturer and she speaks regularly to historical societies, groups, conferences and commemorative dinners.

Kate Williams – Telegraph profile piece

Sarah Hewson

Sarah Hewson is a journalist and broadcaster with more than 20 years’ experience covering some of the biggest national and international news stories. She is currently Royal Editor on Talk TV’s The News Desk.

She spent most of her career at Sky News where she presented every programme from Breakfast through to the flagship News At Ten and hosted her own weekly programme Sky News with Sarah Hewson.

For many years, Sarah was the channel’s Royal Correspondent and anchored Sky’s coverage of two royal weddings, royal births and the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh last year.

She has interviewed six senior members of the royal family, the last five UK prime ministers and high-profile figures from the worlds of business, sport and entertainment.

She has reported from Westminster to the White House, the Amazon, Africa and Australia.

Sarah has covered major breaking stories including the 7/7 bombings, the London Bridge terror attack, the death of Osama Bin Laden as well as Britain’s Brexit negotiations and the coronavirus pandemic.

She is mother to three young children and Patron of OSCAR’s Paediatric Brain Tumour charity.

Professor Suzannah Lipscomb

Professor Suzannah Lipscomb is an award-winning historian, author, and broadcaster.

She is Professor Emerita of History at the University of Roehampton, Senior Member at St Cross College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Antiquaries.

She has written and edited seven books, and received a double First, MSt, and DPhil in History from Lincoln and Balliol Colleges, Oxford, where she was a Jowett Senior Scholar. She was formerly Research Curator at Hampton Court Palace and a columnist for History Today. She was Chair of Judges for the Costa Book Awards in 2020 and is a Trustee of the Mary Rose Trust.

Suzannah is an established television presenter. She has presented history series on BBC 4, ITV, More4, Channel Five, Five Select, PBS, UKTV, National Geographic, History Channel, Yesterday, and History Hit.

She also hosts the hugely successful Not Just the Tudors podcast from History Hit. Launched in 2021, there are now more than 200 episodes. She co-hosted the award-winning podcast, Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places and presented Audible’s podcast series, History’s Lost Speeches. She has appeared on a range of radio programmes, including BBC Radio 4’s A Good Read, Great Lives, Woman’s Hour, Front Row, the Today programme, and You’re Dead to Me.

Suzannah is also an experienced and engaging public speaker and has given hundreds of keynote speeches and distinguished lectures at cultural institutions, literary festivals, to businesses, universities, and schools, both across the UK and internationally.

Suzannah has written and presented fourteen history documentary series on TV, as well as featuring as an expert contributor, panellist, and royal commentator.

Suzannah’s most recent series was 4×60′ The Royals: A History of Scandals on More 4. Radio Times said ‘Suzannah Lipscomb fascinates us’ and thought the show, ‘fun and insightful’. The Times wrote, ‘our presenter’s enthusiasm carries this along nicely’. The Daily Mail thought ‘Suzannah recounted the story pacily and clearly… she presents a complex, shocking story, with enough twists to fill a novel, without losing any of the threads’.

Suzannah has also recently made a number of films for History Hit, including A Tudor Discovery: Thomas Cromwell’s Prayer Book with Professor Suzannah Lipscomb.

Before that her other series include 3×60′ Walking Tudor England for Five Select (‘riveting stuff’, The Guardian), and 2×60′ Nicholas & Alexandra: The Letters with Suzannah Lipscomb for UKTV (‘fascinating’, TV Times).

For Channel Five, she co-presented with Dan Jones 4×60′ London: 2000 Years of History (also with Rob Bell), 3×60′ Elizabeth I (‘a lively take … the two presenters … bring gravitas’, Radio Times), 3×60′ The Great Fire of London, which The Sunday Times called ‘vibrant’ (also with Rob Bell), and 3×60′ Henry VIII and His Six Wives. Watching this, The Daily Mail described Lipscomb and Jones as ‘rapidly becoming the Ant and Dec of what used to be a rather stuffy world’; The Times called them ‘engaging and knowledgeable’.

On BBC 4, Suzannah also wrote and presented Hidden Killers of the … Home. The Daily Telegraph called her ‘an engaging historian’, Radio Times said she had ‘a captivating style’, The Daily Express said the show was ‘hugely watchable’, and The Mail on Sunday concluded ‘Lipscomb … combines a clipped elegance with a matter-of-fact approach and a plucky willingness to get involved’.

For Channel Five, she wrote and presented Witch-Hunt: A Century of Murder and Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History (‘Lipscomb… gets right to the heart of her subjects and their seven-year courtship through shared personal possessions and scraps of impassioned writing’, Daily Telegraph). For ITV, she co-presented 8 x 30′ I Never Knew That About Britain. She also made two series, 6×60′ Bloody Tales of Europe and 3×60″ Bloody Tales of the Tower for National Geographic.

Suzannah has also featured as an expert contributor on shows for BBC 2, Channel 4, and Netflix, including Blood, Sex & Royalty, Time Team, and The Last Days of Anne Boleyn. The Daily Telegraph said she was ‘fascinating and lucid’. She was one of two resident historians on BBC 2’s comedy panel show, Insert Name Here, which ran for four years. And she has been a panellist on Richard Osman’s House of Games, Pointless Celebrities, and Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, and appeared several times in Dictionary Corner with Susie Dent on Countdown.

As a historian of monarchy, Suzannah has covered many royal events for television. For CTV (Canada), Suzannah commentated live on the funeral of HM the Duke of Edinburgh in April 2021, the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Duchess of Sussex in May 2018, and the wedding of HM Prince William to Catherine Princess of Wales in 2011. For NBC (USA) on MSNBC and NBC News, she commentated live on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, the funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022, and the coronation of HM King Charles III in May 2023.

Daisy McAndrew

Daisy is a freelance radio and TV presenter, reporter and writer. She has 30 years’ experience reporting on UK politics, economics and business as well as the British Royal Family.

Daisy currently presents multiple shows on talktv including The Talk and 1st Edition. She helped launch talkTV in April 2022 by hosting her own prime time news and current affairs show at 10pm. Since September 2022 she has presented the Drive Time show and the 7-8pm show as well her regular shows. She is a well known face on American TV screens as NBC News’ Royal Commentator.

Daisy has had senior reporting roles at BBC and ITV News including Chief Political Correspondent, Economics Editor and Special Correspondent.

She has presented the BBC’s Daily Politics, multiple shows on TalkRadio, was the host of the O2 Business Show on LBC, Radio 4’s The World Tonight, had her own drive time show Driving Miss Daisy on LBC Radio, had a daily election show for London Live TV, hosted Channel 4’s Powerhouse, the BBC’s Heaven and Earth Show, ITV’s Moral of the Story as well as presenting ITV Lunchtime News and the BBC’s Weekend News.

Daisy has also guested on Have I Got News for You?, The Wright Stuff, The Jeremy Vine Show, Loose Women and Despatch Box amongst others and has been a familiar face on ITV’s This Morning, Good Morning Britain and Euronews.

She is a regular paper reviewer on the BBC’s News Channel and Radio 4’s Broadcasting House.

Before moving into broadcasting in 2001 she spent a decade working in Westminster, starting off as a 19-year-old MP’s researcher before writing for many newspapers from the Press Gallery, profiling MPs in The House Magazine – which she ultimately edited – as well as working for Lib Dem Leader Charles Kennedy as his Press Secretary. She was a consultant on the BBC’s A-Z of Politics and edited The Politics Companion, published by Chrysalis books.

Ailsa Anderson

Ailsa Anderson, LVO is a former newspaper journalist now commentating on the Royal Family, the British Monarchy and The Church of England. Ailsa was Communications and Press Secretary to The Queen from 2001 until the end of 2013, which involved her in many high profile and globally recognised events such as two Jubilees, the death of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, the wedding of current The Prince and Princess of Wales and subsequent birth of Prince George. She led the communications work for The Queen and Prince Philip’s historic State visit to the Republic of Ireland as well as the late Monarch’s last visit to Australia. She was also involved in many high-profile State Visits to the United Kingdom including both Presidents Bush and Obama. Ailsa was awarded with the Royal Victorian Medal by The Queen in 2009.

Ailsa also led on media relations for Princess Anne The Princess Royal, Prince Edward and The Countess of Wessex and The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. She was based at Buckingham Palace in London.

Ailsa previously worked in Government Communications until 2001, where she was Chief Press Officer at the Cabinet Office. After leaving the Royal Household she was appointed Director of Communications for Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, where she spent the last eight years. Ailsa has extensive broadcasting experience including ABC News America, NBC, LBC, Sky and GB News.

Fiona Armstrong

Award winning broadcaster and writer Fiona Armstrong has been a familiar face on national and regional news for many years. Her work ranges from news, to features, to sport. She is currently presenting on ITV’s Border Life in Scotland which received an ITV award for Best Current Affairs programme for her report on the Lockerbie air disaster.

Fiona has been a national newscaster and reporter for ITV and the BBC. She has covered the plight of Aids orphans in Africa, the removal of landmines in Cambodia, and the work of the Mercy Ships in West Africa. Closer to home she fronted a series looking at domestic abuse. Other lighter projects include the countryside series, River Journeys, and Reivers, which featured clan history. Under the Hammer saw her filming in Scottish auction houses whilst Fantastic Facts took her round Europe. She has also produced more than 20 films and videos on Scottish clans. As one of the UK’s best-known female anglers, Sky TV’s Tight Lines programme saw her fishing at home and abroad.

Fiona started her broadcasting career with Radio 210 in Reading and the BBC in Manchester. She has since worked for ITV Border, ITN, GMTV, BBC World News, the BBC News Channel, Sky TV and the Carlton Food Network, where she presented the series Easy as Pie. for the American network, NBC, she fronted several series of the business programme, Executive Lifestyles. She has also contributed to programmes for Radios 2 and 4.

Away from work, Fiona likes to swim, fish, cook, and garden. She is kept busy as the Lord-Lieutenant of Dumfries, the King’s personal representative in her area. Married to a Scottish clan chief, she writes about her tartan life in columns for magazines and newspapers. She has penned fishing books and quirky cookbooks and is working on a biography about a family member who was literary confidante to Queen Victoria.

Fiona was given an Outstanding Contribution Award at the Royal Television Society North-East and Border Awards. She has a Doctorate in history from the University of Strathclyde and is a Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Cumbria. She also received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Glasgow.

Jennie Bond

Broadcaster and journalist Jennie Bond appears regularly on a wide range of television and radio programmes – from news reports and documentaries to light entertainment. Her expertise and long experience of reporting on the Royal Family over the past 35 years is internationally recognised.

She’s also known to young and old for her exploits in the jungle of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here when she was buried in a coffin full of rats and had to eat a variety of live insects.

Since then, she has been a presenter on two of the BBC’s most popular shows: Cash in the Attic and Rip Off Britain. She also presented the highly successful BBC2 series Great British Menu.

Most recently Jennie has reported on the death of Queen Elizabeth and the Coronation of King Charles. She has appeared on Richard Osman’s House of Games, The Weakest Link, and numerous documentaries including The Day I Met The Queen. Other projects include Channel 4’s Drugs Live, Royals at War, Masterchef, Too Many Cooks, Stars in their Eyes, Holiday of My Lifetime with Len Goodman, Christmas of My Lifetime with Len Goodman, The Big Call and Jennie’s own personal account of her time as a royal correspondent in a three-part documentary series for Channel Five, Jennie Bond’s Royals.

As the BBC’s Royal Correspondent during 14 of the most turbulent years the monarchy has endured, Jennie was at the heart of events that made headlines around the world: from the fairytale marriages to the adultery, the divorces and the deaths.

Jennie still enjoys commentating and writing about royalty today and likes to share her experiences and often hilarious adventures with audiences at home and abroad. She loves to make people laugh and to show them that she is quite different from how people imagined her when she stood outside the Palace.

For many years Jennie was also a regular news presenter on BBC Television and presented the main bulletins as well as Breakfast.

She began her career in journalism after graduating from Warwick University in 1972. She worked on local papers as a reporter for five years before joining BBC Radio News. During the next few years, she gained a thorough grounding in radio news, editing the main bulletins. She also worked as a producer on current affairs shows, including the very popular Woman’s Hour, and in light entertainment, with Noel Edmonds.

She returned to full-time reporting in 1986 with BBC Radio, covering major news stories, for example in Northern Ireland. She also began her career as a presenter, anchoring among other programmes, the top current affairs show in the UK, Today, on Radio 4.

Jennie Bond has written a book Reporting Royalty that tells in detail of her years keeping tabs on Britain’s Royal Family. It was published in September 2001 by Headline. In the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Year, Carlton Books published her Elizabeth: 50 Glorious Years, a commemoration of the Queen’s reign. She updated this book for the Queen’s 80th birthday. Married with a daughter, she lives in Devon and thoroughly enjoys getting away from it all at her seaside home.

Jennie also chairs conferences and seminars and is a highly skilled conference facilitator and after dinner speaker. She has a wealth of experience hosting events and award ceremonies, both at home and abroad.