Monty Don: Gardeners' World host receives 'top honour' amid royal meeting with the Queen

The star was bedridden for days last week after contracting coronavirus.

On Instagram, the Gardeners’ World host admitted that having the illness hadn’t been “fun” but reassured fans he was feeling “better”.

Monty began his career in a television debut as a regular on ITV’s This Morning with a gardening segment in 1989.

This led to further work throughout the 90s on his own shows for BBC and Channel 4.

Between 1994 and 1996 Monty wrote his own column for The Observer.

Monty replaced Alan Titchmarsh as the lead presenter of Gardeners’ World in 2002, only leaving the show between 2008 and 2011 due to illness.

Since then he has written and produced several garden series of his own; the most recent was Monty Don’s Adriatic Gardens which aired in 2022.

Gardeners’ World airs on Friday on BBC Two at 8pm.

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