The Queen’s Green Planet
Monday ITV pm
The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy is a magnificent ecoproject that will yield rich rewards for centuries to come. The plan is for a globe-spanning network of protected forests growing in all 53 member states of the Commonwealth. Now she has enlisted Sir David Attenborough for her scheme, and this celebratory film features an extraordinary encounter between the two.
Her Majesty opens up in conversation with Sir David to talk about her love of nature and her children’s early years in Buckingham Palace’s gardens, and to point out the plants of historical importance there, from the reign of Queen Victoria all the way back to James I. And here’s also an opportunity to discover her wry humour, including the moment she explains how the generosity of others is still adding to the garden, saying: ‘I’ve been quite di cult to give presents to so… they’ve said, “Oh, let’s give her a plant.”’
As we see the Duchess of Cambridge and Princes William and Harry giving their support, along with Angelina Jolie, the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy seems set to leave a legacy truly worthy of Her Majesty.