Last week was full of news and pictures of the wonderful celebrations of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She is someone you could not fail to admire, no matter what your opinion of the Monarchy – what an incredible job she has done and is still doing as our Queen.
Simon Biagi always likes to amuse me with a random and often totally ‘off the wall’ piece of useless information when we introduce the Morning Show and he certainly surprised me when he told me (and you, if you were watching) that the Queen shares her birthday with AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, or at least, with the date of first publication.
In fact, the actual date the book first appeared was in October of the same year, 1926, but it prompted me to see who also celebrates their birthday on 21st April – it’s an eclectic bunch, including eccentric singer-songwriter Iggy Pop; Oscar winning actor Anthony Quinn, who turned 11 years old on the day Princess Elizabeth was born; and author Charlotte Bronte, who was born exactly 110 years before our longest serving monarch.
There is something that links us with people born on the same date, we feel a connection. One of the better moments of my days sitting on the TVam sofa as presenter of Good Morning Britain in the late 1980s was when I was interviewing actors Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ben Kingsley at the same time. I forget how it came about, but we discovered during the chat that they share New Year’s Eve as their birth date. It was a special moment – they were really chuffed and there was a definite moment of male bonding!
And I must say, I am rather proud of my ‘birth mates’, even if it is just a coincidence. What a great array of sporting greats I share my special day with – listen to this line up…!
Five-time Olympic rowing champion Sir Steve Redgrave, cyclist Sir Chris Hoy (who has gone one better with six Olympic titles), double Olympic gold medallist athlete Mo Farah, track cyclist and triple Olympic gold medallist Jason Kenny, first-ever sub-four minute miler Roger Bannister, pride of Wales boxing champion Joe Calzaghe, and former England cricket captain Mike Atherton… all born on March 23rd!!
Their sporting achievements make my modern pentathlon world title seem almost insignificant but I can’t imagine that there is any other day of the year when so many high achieving sports people were born – I’m glad one of them was me. Thanks Mum!
Do you share your birthday with anyone special? I’d love to hear…
I’m looking forward to a weekend away celebrating Greek Orthodox Easter in Corfu – I’ll tell you more in my next blog – but I’ll be back next week for my regular slots on Wednesday’s The Morning Show at 9am and Morning Style at 10am (check out the latest show and the styles we featured at www.qvcuk.com/morningstyle), and a fantastic Clarks Shoes show with new summer styles to show you at 10am on Thursday. I hope you can join me.
Until then, take care