Who can teach us what we need to know about longevity and good temperament? The queen, that's who — which is why AARP is hosting a very special tele-town hall on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. ET on these and other fascinating royal subjects. (Read more about it in AARP The Magazine this month.) And we found the ideal expert to host the live show: Jane Seymour, the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman; The Kominsky Method; the upcoming The War With Grandpa). A loyal subject of Queen Elizabeth since she was a year old, Seymour has friends in the royal palace, played British royalty on-screen and received the Order of the British Empire from the Queen herself in 2000. Here's what she told us ahead of the event.
Jane Seymour, you're named after the third wife of King Henry VIII, but that's not your birth name, right?
My name is Joyce Penelope Wilhemina Frankenberg. Difficult to spell, hard to remember. So my agent made me change it when I was 17.
Queen Elizabeth must not have been too offended, because she honored you at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
It's a great honor. It's called the Order of the Knighthood, and it comes at different levels. So the knighthood is the top tier, and before that is the OBE [Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire]. I'm an OBE. I have been presented to the Queen on a number of occasions, the Queen Mother, then Princess Anne, and I've met pretty much every member of the royal family. Except for Camilla.