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Jennie Bond
The last ten years have been full of upheaval and drama for the Royal Family - and there can have been few more fascinating times to have been the BBC's royal correspondent.

Jennie Bond came into the job in 1989, just as interest in Diana, Princess of Wales, was at its height, and just before her marriage to Prince Charles failed.

The following years would see the divorce of the couple, with its aftermath, as well as the Windsor Castle fire and the breakup of Prince Andrew's marriage to Sarah Ferguson.

Jennie Bond was there in Australia, in January 1994, when an attempt was made to shoot Prince Charles. She was with the Queen on her first, historic official visits to Russia in 1994 and to South Africa to meet President Nelson Mandela a year later.

Then Jennie Bond's toughest assignment came, when she had to cover the breaking news story of the car accident which killed the Princess of Wales in Paris in 1997, as well as the Princess's funeral.

She had travelled extensively with Princess Diana, most memorably on her last campaigning trip to Angola, when the Princess focused world attention on the issue of landmines. She had come to know Princess Diana well, and she told the story of her death with personal as well as professional sadness.

Jennie Bond joined the BBC in 1977, aged 27, from an early career in local newspapers in West London. Her first job was as a sub-editor in radio news. She also worked as a producer on Woman's Hour, Tuesday Call, International Assignment and for TV documentaries.

She was appointed a BBC radio reporter in 1985, joining TV News three years later.

She has combined her current role as a correspondent with presenting the Today programme, Breakfast, the One O'clock News and Six O'clock News as well as regular weekend bulletins.

In 2003 Jennie announced her decision to leave the BBC and follow a freelance career.

One of her first challenges was as a contestant in the reality show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here in which she was runner-up.

Jennie Bond is married and has one daughter.

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Jennie Bond at the Queen Mother's funeral
Jennie Bond's job has given her a ringside seat at major state occasions

Jennie Bond reports on the Princess of Wales' land-mines speech in Luanda, Angola in January 1997

Life as a correspondent
[Princess Diana] was charming - articulate, fresh. Interesting, but manipulative. She knew I was a journalist. This was no girlie-girlie meeting.
Jennie Bond

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