The Crown: The Queen spills the beans on George and Charlotte’s mischief

The Queen and Prince Philip

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.

“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!'”

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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.

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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. 

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