The Queen’s Green Planet

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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.

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