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Monty Don marks late mum’s 100th birthday with unearthed photo of rarely seen twin sister

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Monty Don, 60, sometimes shares little snippets of his personal life with fans online and recently he stunned his loyal following with an old photograph of his late mother Janet, carrying him and his twin sister, Alison. The post marked what would have been her 100th birthday as he celebrated her life following her death over 20-years ago.

She died in 1989, but today would have been her 100th birthday

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Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “This is my mother holding my twin sister Alison and I on the day of our Christening, in October 1955.

“She died in 1989, but today would have been her 100th birthday.”

Shocked at how alike he and his mum looked, fans rushed to the comments section to share their thoughts.

“What a beautiful picture to share, you really look like your mum too, she must be so proud of all the joy you have spread,” one praised.

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A second added: “Wow you’re a spitting image of her.”

“You are an image of your mother!” a third agreed.

A fourth noted: “Gosh you look very much like her.”

The horticultural expert also recently opened up about his childhood and how Alison almost died in a car accident.

At the time, he was working as a gardener in France when he was told the worrying news via a telegram which read, “Come home. Alison accident”.

Luckily, she survived the crash, with Monty telling The Times: “She made what was deemed a miraculous recovery.

“She got the use of one eye back after endless operations, and one hand and could walk with a stick and went on to get married and have children.”

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Earlier this year, Monty also lost his beloved golden retriever Nigel, who became a star of the BBC show.

He sadly passed away near the beginning of lockdown and Monty described the loss as “real grief”.

He told Express.co.uk in October: “The only good thing is that he had a long life, a happy life, and no illness.

“He suddenly started fitting one night and it got worse and worse and he had a brain tumour and that was it.

“He had gone to bed happy and was dead by midday the next day.

“It wasn’t slow or drawn out.”

He admitted they he wept copiously: “It’s a proper bereavement.

“It’s true love and, as with losing anyone you love, it’s real grief.”

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