The Queen – looking blinking resplendent in a green floral frock – shared some cute and relatable details about her great-grandchildren in a just-screened documentary.
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“It always looks jolly”
The monarch appears with Sir David Attenborough in The Queen’s Green Planet, a program about nature conversation. She meandered about the 40-acre palace garden chatting, during an unscripted 90-minute tour, part of this new ITV programme focusing on the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project.
Speaking to senior castle attendant, Neil Turner about the palace Christmas tree, she noted: “It’s an interesting fat one isn’t it?”
Neil explained he’d carefully decorated the tree, and the Queen responds – slightly apologetically – for some relatable festive hijinks:
“Yes, that is always the problem, the children [Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Mia Tindall] love knocking those [decorations] off. Well my great-grandchildren do, anyway they enjoy themselves.”
She has a hands-on strategy for ensuring this doesn’t happen down the track though.
“The great thing is to make them decorate it and they’re a bit more careful,” she advises, confirming “It always looks jolly.”
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“Let’s give her a plant”
As the monarch later chats to David Attenborough on screen, the nature-loving pair discuss the inappropriate position of the Palace sundial (in the shade, oh my god!) and the perfect present for a queen.
The Queen admits she really is “difficult to buy for” – one reason why Duchess Kate gifted her homemade chutney for Christmas one year.
“I imagine you must be given quite a lot of roses,” David queries.
“I’ve been quite difficult to give presents to,” she says, going on to explain, “So they’ve said, ‘Oh, let’s give her a plant!'”
On Monday 16 April, The #QueensGreenPlanet will be broadcast on @ITV at 9pm. The documentary features The Queen & Sir David Attenborough discussing the @QueensCanopy – a network of forest conservation initiatives across the Commonwealth. The documentary also features The Great Bear Rainforest in Canada, which was officially dedicated to the #CommonwealthCanopy by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Prince Harry also features in The #QueensGreenPlanet, dedicating @QueensCanopy projects in across the Caribbean and at Epping Forest. Since the #CommonwealthCanopy was launched in 2015, over 30 countries across the Commonwealth have dedicated projects. Visit @QueensCanopy see some of the initiatives.
I can’t imagine what the very best gift for a queen might be, but am guessing you can’t go wrong with something corgi-emblazoned!
The Queen’s newest great-grandchild is due to arrive any day now, with London’s St Mary’s Hospital on standby for Prince William and Duchess Kate’s third baby.
Tomorrow Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will celebrate their 70th Wedding Anniversary as more new photographs are being released. British photographer Matt Holyoak of Camera Press, took these new images in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle earlier this month. On 9th July 1947, the engagement of the then Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten was announced. Their wedding ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey on 20th November 1947. Find out about The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh's wedding day by clicking on the link in the bio.