Family BBC Commonwealth Games 2022: Clare Balding's embarrassing childhood encounter with the Queen after an unexpected meeting
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The 2022 Commonwealth Games is back for the summer and this year it's being held right here in the UK. The exciting games will be broadcast live across the BBC from Alexander Stadium in Birmingham over the weeks so sports fans can expect tons of action.
Daily coverage will begin oneach morning, and then on BBC Two as it runs late into the evening. Clare Balding hosts alongside her well-known sports presenter colleagues- from Jason Mohammad, Holly Hamilton, Gabby Logan, Hazel Irvine, and Ayo Akinwolere.
Many will know Clare, 51, who has been a long-time sports presenter. Clare began her career a trainee with BBC National Radio back in 1994, working on 5 Live and Radio 1 presenting the sport on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show. In June 1995, she made her debut as a television presenter, introducing highlights of Royal Ascot.
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The loved sports presenter, however, has a very interesting life besides her successful career. In 2017, Clare revealed that she has links to the Royal Family as she first met Her Majesty when her father, Ian Balding, used to train horses for the monarch.
Opening up about her childhood, she said: "My dad trained for the Queen so growing up, she would come and see the horses, and my brother still does train for the Queen. So she'd come and see the horses about once a year and sometimes he'd forget to tell us that the Queen was coming."
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Elaborating further about the unexpected visit from Her Majesty, Clare added: "You'd have that situation where you came back to the house, the Queen was there for breakfast, that was really odd and he'd forgotten to tell us…"
The sports presenter said that she embarrassingly forgot to curtesy during the Queen's visitation as she was very eager to tuck into the delicious breakfast: "I thought it was a bit odd because we weren't having breakfast the way we usually had it, it was all a bit smarter. I was meant to curtsey but I forgot because I ran in and thought 'cooked breakfast, fantastic, sausages!"
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