Ellie Simmonds, 28, spoke candidly about all things royal on Tuesday night while attending the 10th anniversary of the Oscar’s Book Awards. The former British swimmer, who has four Paralympic gold medals to her name, spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about how she spent King Charles’s Coronation, and even revealed who is her favourite member of the Royal Family.
Simmonds said she spent the Coronation at home with a glass of prosecco in hand, as she was glued to the screen throughout the historic service.
“I was at home, watching it on the TV,” she said. “You see it and it’s amazing, you still feel that buzz you still feel that excitement.”
“I watched it on the TV, made a cheesecake, had some prosecco – you can’t not watch it, it’s a historical moment.”
The former GB swimmer said her mum was born just two days before Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation which instilled a sense of importance to get involved with the King’s big day, 70 years on.
“My mum said that she was a coronation baby, she was two days old when the Queen got her crown. You’ve got to watch it, in 20 years time I will remember where I was when King Charles got the crown. It’s definitely a thing to watch and be part of.”
Simmonds revealed that her favourite moment was watching the Prince and Princess of Wales and their three children.
“I love Kate and Wills, and Charlotte and seeing George carrying the robes. And Louis as well. I love them. Charlotte having the same crown as Kate, it’s so cute.”
Asked who her favourite royal is, the former Strictly star, said: “I like Kate. I love the fashion, her hair, I feel like she’s down to earth, very similar and someone you can relate to.”
Simmonds has met the royals before, as she was welcomed to Buckingham Palace as part of the GB Olympics Team.
Following Rio in 2016 she met Kate, the late Queen and Prince Harry.
Years earlier she made history by becoming the youngest person to receive an MBE at the age of 14. The Queen presented her with the award after winning her first-ever Paralympic medal a year earlier in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
She also met the King, when he was Prince Charles, in 2013 when she was awarded an OBE for services to Paralympic sport.