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Carol Vorderman opens up about 'first love' in emotional tribute

The star was marking International Women's Day

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Andrea Caamano
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Carol Vorderman has taken to Instagram to mark International Women's Day and has paid a moving tribute to her "first love".

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In her Stories, the 61-year-old shared several photos of Mildred Bruce and explained the importance her influence has had in her life.

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"My International Women's Day heroine. Mildred Bruce. Her story has been my inspiration. 1st woman to fly around the world solo (apart from the oceans) 1931. She had only had a few weeks of flying lessons and she took off… WILD WOMAN."

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She went on to reveal that Mildred had also been the first woman to be fined for speeding aged 14 and also went on to break motor rally records.

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Carol Vorderman successfully completed her first solo flight in 2013

Talking about her "first love", she added: "In a tiny way, I've tried to follow her in my 50s, getting various flying licences. My first love as a young woman was always to want to fly but we didn't have chances in the 1960s/70s.

"Eventually I bought a twin engine aircraft and called her MILDRED after Mildred Bruce. We've had quite a few adventures together."

She finished her inspiring tribute by writing: "Now I know how much young women need support and as an Ambassador for Prince's Trust I know we are there for them today."

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Carol posed with her plane in several pictures shared on social media

Carol's love for adventure doesn't stop with flying. In a recent interview with HELLO! she opened up about her love for the outdoors and her next big project.

"I'm a Celebrity was the first time I slept under the stars for three whole weeks, no tent, just the sky and the air, and I became addicted to being outside," she told HELLO! before revealing: "I've ordered a 4x4 van and working with a company to convert it.

carol vorderman plane© Photo: Instagram

The star revealed her admiration for Mildred Bruce

"I've got a lot of farmer friends and I want to park up in their fields. I will go and see mates more, stop off in the Lake District. I might get myself a dog, get the campfire going. I'll be able to put my blow-up paddleboards in it and it will have a hot shower and tiny kitchen."

She added: "I've got a list of people who want to come with me. And anyone who says: 'Women of 60 shouldn't be doing things like this.' Well, it is happening. I've never felt freer."

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