Recognition at Buckingham Palace
Television personality Davina McCall, known for her extensive broadcasting career spanning over two decades, was awarded an MBE for services to broadcasting.
The investiture ceremony took place at Buckingham Palace, where Princess Anne presented McCall with the prestigious honor.
The 56-year-old was accompanied by her partner Michael Douglas and daughter Holly Robertson for the special occasion.
Gratitude towards Princess Anne
Expressing her gratitude, McCall praised Princess Anne for her positive and no-nonsense attitude to life, describing her as one of her favorite royals.
McCall shared her initial nervousness before the ceremony but considered it an honor to be presented with the award by Princess Anne.
Heartfelt Exchange at the Ceremony
During the investiture, Princess Anne inquired about McCall’s entry into broadcasting, to which McCall humorously revealed her initial desire to be a singer but admitted she “wasn’t good enough.”
The princess playfully remarked that “The Masked Singer is perfect for you!” McCall expressed her surprise and delight at the royal’s mention of the show.
Emotional Response and Well-Wishes
McCall admitted to feeling terrified before the ceremony, emphasizing that the waiting period allowed her to interact with other awardees, calming her nerves.
She conveyed her best wishes to the King and the Princess of Wales, both recovering from medical procedures.
McCall acknowledged being more nervous for the ceremony than usual, revealing that saying the word “honour” made her emotional.
Future Plans in Broadcasting
Despite nerves, McCall, currently filming another series of Long Lost Family, expressed her desire to continue broadcasting for a while.
When asked about advice for aspiring broadcasters, she emphasized the importance of having passion, recounting her own journey into the industry through her love for music, which led to a job at MTV.
Additional Honorees and Charity Campaigner
Photographer Nick Knight and fashion designer Roksanda Ilinci were also among the honorees. Charity campaigner Suzanne Richards, who received an MBE, attended the ceremony with her son Owen.
McCall, known for her charitable work, shared her appreciation for receiving letters from the royals since she was eight, highlighting the significance of a letter from Prince William when she received her MBE.
Reflecting on Career Highlights
McCall’s broadcasting career commenced in 1994 on MTV Europe, leading to her breakthrough role as the presenter of Big Brother in 2000.
She continued to host various shows, including The Biggest Loser, and gained success with her recent project, “My Mum, Your Dad.”
Beyond television, McCall is recognized for her social justice and charitable endeavors, often participating in events like Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day and the Stand Up To Cancer telethon.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn