You would be hard pressed to find two people who more embody the British sensibility than the Queen and Sir David Attenborough.
Both of the national treasures were born in London in 1926. The Queen first on April 21, and Sir David a few weeks later on May 8.
So when the two nonagenarians got together and walked through the Buckingham Palace gardens for Sir David’s documentary, The Queen’s Green Planet, the public were delighted.
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The Queen launched the charity The Queen’s Green Canopy in honour of her Platinum Jubilee Year in 2022 with the aim to encourage everyone to plant more trees.
The Queen and Sir David spoke about how climate change will affect trees
The documentary included several delightful anecdotes between the pair and in one recently resurfaced clip, the Queen’s reaction to something Sir David says has made the public love her even more.
Speaking about how climate change will have an impact on the trees presented to the monarch over the next 50 years, the Queen – who has planted over 1,500 trees all over the world – hilariously quipped: “I won’t be here though”, much to Sir David’s amusement.
After a few seconds, Attenborough notices one of the many features in the extensive Buckingham Palace gardens.
The Queen laughs as Sir David Attenborough points out hilarious issue in Buckingham Palace’s garden
He points to a huge sundial and chuckles: “I was going to say… sundial neatly planted in the shade…”
The monarch seemingly agrees before realising Sir David’s irony: “Isn’t it good, yes.”
Looking amused and slightly bewildered, the Queen turns to an aide behind the camera and with a huge smile asks: “Had we thought of that… that it was planted in the shade?
She continues chuckling: “It wasn’t in the shade originally, I’m sure… But maybe we could move it, the Queen helpfully suggests.
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This encounter was by no means Sir David’s first run-in with the royals. His first time was in 1958 when he met Prince Charles and Princess Anne, then nine and six, at the BBC Studios while the royal pair watched a children’s TV show be filmed.
In late 2020, he spoke to the Cambridge children and answered their burning questions about animals.
He told Prince George that he hopes no more animals will become extinct, he expressed his shared love for spiders with Princess Charlotte, before telling young Prince Louis that his favourite animals are monkeys because “they’re such fun.”
Prince George asked Sir David if any more animals will become extinct
Most recently, the Duke of Cambridge asked the celebrated naturalist to be a judge on his new project, the Earthshot Prize.
The prize will give away £50 million over the next ten years to projects which help solve some of the world’s biggest environmental problems.
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