We all love a thread about celebrity encounters, but lets step it up a gear - how closely connected are you to genuine, world-changing historical figures? In six degrees of Kevin Bacon style, have you shaken hand with someone who’s shaken hands with someone who’s shaken hands with a true icon?
I once shook hands with John Major at the launch of his book about music hall (a gripping read, I’m sure), and he has definitely shaken hands with the Queen*, which means I’m only three handshakes removed from loads of key 20th century figures that she has met - Churchill, JFK, Mandela. Via the Duke of Windsor I’m only four handshakes removed from Hitler! Kind of weird to think about.
*Obviously I do not recognise her legitimacy, but for sake of ease I’ll refer to her as the Queen