And it was these youngsters, along with my team of 'Anna's Angels', I used as incentive to get me through the 45-mile ride from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle. Actually, the sight of Sherlock star, Benedict Cumberbatch's Lycra clad buttocks also helped somewhat! Ex-England rugby ace Victor Ubogu and Magic FM's Dr 'Neil' Fox also joined me and the other 3,000 cyclists for the scenic cycle.
The view of Buckingham Palace from The Mall at 7am on a frosty October morning really is worth the early start. Organised brilliantly by HRH's team, the day was a triumph for all, and the subsequent saddle sore was absolutely worth it as we raised over £300,000 for The Princes Trust. A big thank you to everyone who supported and sponsored us.
Surely this week in celeb world has been owned by Girls Aloud. We've had revivals from all the greats - Take That, The Spice Girls... er, Blue, and now Chezza and Co are officially BACK.
The rumour mill has finally been sated with the news this week that the girls are not only reuniting with the release of new single 'Something New', but that this catchy 'dance around your living room' track is to serve as the official Children In Need song. And if that wasn't enough, the new single is to be accompanied by a greatest hits album titled 'Ten' AND an arena tour kicking off in February 2013. Wow - now that's what we call a comeback girls, and I have to say, it's darn good to have you back en masse.
And 'en masse' proved to be a 'mass-ive'' problem for rookie boyband, X Factor's Union J. A scheduled appearance at X Factor week four VT venue Brent Cross shopping centre was forced to be cancelled due to overwhelming numbers of screaming fans. Posting an apology on Twitter, the lads have promised to reschedule the meet and greet to satisfy their growing army of 'Union-ites'. Move over One Direction, there's a younger (if that's even possible!), fresher group on your patch. Handbags out, boys.
Sticking with The X Factor, Rylan Clark has done little to assuage his 'joke act' moniker, this week dragging show favourite Lucy Spraggen into the bosses' bad books. Following a night out on the town, and clearly copious amounts of booze later, the pair were caught nicking windscreen wipers off a London bus and flashing bare butts to all who could get an eyeful. To be fair, only Rylan got his tush out but Lucy was unfortunately guilty by association.
Both temporarily chucked out of their posh 'digs', The Corinthia Hotel, X Factor bosses have made it clear this sort of behaviour won't be tolerated by contestants, and even judges, following Tulisa's post-show dressing room bash last week, which allegedly involved mini-bar raiding and smoking indoors. Tut tut, naughty naughty.
I can't wait to hear what Gary Barlow (or 'Bore-low', as Rylan has dubbed his nemesis judge) will make of it all, but with Mr Take That focusing on a solo tour, with tickets released this weekend, I'm sure he'll be far more preoccupied with himself to even give a damn about it. Keep it up Rylan, yes you're pretty rubbish but you're darn entertaining.
Congratulations are in store for my parents and Emmerdale, as this week they both celebrated their 40th anniversaries. In my parents' case, their Ruby Wedding, and in Emmerdale's, their 40th year of being on the telly.
And what does every self respecting soap do when it hits a milestone?... a live episode of course. Credit where credit's due, out of all its predecessors, I have to say that Emmerdale, cast and crew, did a pretty flawless job.
Weddings, babies and even a death, the team went all out to tick all the boxes required to make dramatic telly. Seemingly every cast member got a look in and can now have a bona fide 'live TV' credit on their CV, and apart from one or two shaky camera shots, one slight line stumble, and the obviously fake foam brick Chastity Dingle grappled for in her Carl showdown, there should be a lot of proud people up in 'The Dales' this week. Oh, and good to see Rita from '80s kids classic Johnny Briggs back on the box as midwife... I was thankfully distracted from Debbie Dingle's screaming for a moment, humming the iconic theme tune.
And finally, with Halloween fast approaching, I'm getting myself all prepared for a fright fest at Alton Towers next week. Help. And of course you can't move for suitably scary movie and TV releases. My favourite has to be American Horror Story, and to mark its DVD and blu ray release a poll was conducted to see just how wussy us Brits are. Well, the findings were rather amusingly worrying. Chicken feet, dead birds and even snow were among the things that freak us lot out, with Wayne Rooney making it into the top 5 scariest looking celebrities. Eek.
Enjoy your week, and thanks for tuning in to Digital Spy this week for our entertainment round-up 'Breakfast Bites'. The early mornings have paid off so we hope to be back soon.