As part of ITV’s 60th anniversary celebrations Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall visited the broadcasters’ London Studios earlier today.
“It was really nice to have the whole [ITV daytime] family together, obviously it is ITV’s 60th anniversary and I think it was right that everyone got together.” – Holly Willoughby
As part of the royal visit earlier, The Duchess of Cornwall wandered the southbank facilities meeting the presenters and team behind shows such as This Morning at Studio 8 as well as other ITV Daytime programming such as Good Morning Britain, Loose Women and Lorraine Kelly.
It was however This Morning which had the live royal touch. At the start of Wednesday’s edition hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby explained to viewers what a special day it was. Phillip said, “Good morning, it’s a very important day for all of us here at ITV today and we come to you by royal appointment. We have Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall in our gallery and we can’t really continue unless we get a seal of approval… would it be OK to continue ma’am?”
Viewers then witnessed live footage of The Duchess of Cornwall standing alongside This Morning crew members inside the gallery, as Her Royal Highness smiled and replied, “Please continue.”
The Duchess met This Morning’s newest on-screen team member, Clover the Guide Dog puppy
Phillip said, “Thank you very much indeed, we’ll continue with the rest of our show.” Before a beaming Holly added, “It’s so exciting!”
Her Royal Highness then proceeded to meet more of the This Morning on screen team including Denise Robertson MBE, Dr Chris Steele MBE, Alison Hammond, Gok Wan and Rylan Clark, before greeting studio crew members. As viewers caught one final glimpse of The Duchess inside the This Morning gallery, Phillip mentioned, “Thank you very much for your visit today ma’am, it’s been a pleasure having you here. I know that she is off to meet a whole load of other people at ITV to celebrate our sixtieth anniversary, so we’ll let you carry on with your day…”
Continuing with the royal theme, This Morning also marked HM The Queen’s historic day of becoming the longest reigning monarch in British history by speaking with royal photographer Arthur Edwards as he awaited her arrival at Tweed Bank rail station, looked back at key moments of her life with royal correspondent Camilla Tominey, Alan Titchmarsh spoke of the royal grounds, two royal historian’s Dr Anna Whitelock and royal biographer Sarah Gristwood discussed the legacy of the longest serving monarchs, whilst Phillip and Holly also paid a visit to some royal superfans throughout the show.
The Duchess at the This Morning studio on ITV.com