British historian Kate Williams tells The Times she would spend Lottery winnings on a trip to Kenya

Kate Williams
British historian Kate Williams. Photo: Bryan Ledgard (CC BY 2.0)

Historian, novelist and TV regular Kate Williams has featured in the latest in a series of financial profiles in the Times newspaper in which she reveals that if she won the National Lottery jackpot, she would use the money to visit Kenya.

Born in 1978, Williams grew up in Stourbridge and was educated at Edgbaston High School for Girls, Birmingham. She has a BA and DPhil from Somerville College, Oxford, where she started as a College Scholar and received the Violet Vaughan Morgan University Scholarship. She has MAs from Queen Mary, University of London and Royal Holloway, University of London.

She frequently appears on radio and TV as a presenter and expert, specialising in social, constitutional and royal history and commented extensively on the 2011 Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The Celebrity Mastermind winner also appears often on BBC Breakfast, Newsnight, The Review Show, Sky News, BBC News 24, the Today programme, Broadcasting House, Night Waves, Woman’s Hour, Channel Five and various American channels, discussing history and culture and reviewing the news.

She was the social historian on the BBC Two series Restoration Home, has appeared a number of times on The Great British Bake Off and was the “Historian in Residence” in Frank Skinner’s 2014 radio show The Rest Is History.

Speaking in The Times to York Membery, the 39-year-old was asked what she would do if she won the jackpot in the National Lottery, to which she replied:

I’d love to visit the Treetops Hotel in Kenya, where Princess Elizabeth acceded to the throne following the death of her father George VI in 1952. I would also donate to deserving charities such as the Sick Children’s Trust.

To read the full interview with Kate Williams, please visit The Times’ website.

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