Queen notes a sapling in the gardens of Buckingham Palace “does not seem to be doing very well”

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The Queen’s typically unseen humour is exposed by the naturist Photo (C) GETTY
The Queen’s typically unseen humour is exposed by the naturist Photo (C) GETTY

Queen has David Attenborough in STITCHES as sense of humour captured in new documentary

The Queen jokes with David Attenborough in an upcoming royal documentary surrounding conservation projects.

The Queen and David Attenborough are best friends in an upcoming royal documentary Photo (C) PA
The Queen and David Attenborough are best friends in an upcoming royal documentary Photo (C) PA

The Queen’s typically unseen humour is exposed in the documentary, regularly reducing the broadcaster to fits of laughter.

In one clip the Queen notes a sapling in the gardens of Buckingham Palace “does not seem to be doing very well” and asks her aides whether it was “meant to be like that”, pointing to the bent tree.

She jokes: “Somebody sat on it I think at a garden party.”

In another instance, the veteran nature broadcaster states: “I suppose actually, the trees with which you will be presented are going to change as our climate changes and there will be all kinds of different trees growing here in another 50 years time.”

The Queen and David Attenborough feature in a new documentary Photo (C) PA
The Queen and David Attenborough feature in a new documentary Photo (C) PA

To which the Queen replies: “Yes. I won’t be here though.”

The pair, both aged 91 and born just a few weeks apart, appear to have a close relationship in the footage.

They share a moment over the issue of health and safety when they approach a chestnut tree bursting with conkers.

The Queen’s typically unseen humour is exposed by the naturist Photo (C) GETTY
The Queen’s typically unseen humour is exposed by the naturist Photo (C) GETTY

The monarch later asks: “Was it recently that someone tried to stop children playing conkers?”

The pair discussed how it was banned on the grounds of health and safety, to which Sir David said: “You’ll think that people will stop people breathing.”

The comment draws out a smile and laughter from the royal, who adds: “It seems to be quite a harmless battle thing.”

Sir Attenborough's Blue Planet 2 has become the most-watched programme of 2017 Photo (C) GETTY
Sir Attenborough’s Blue Planet 2 has become the most-watched programme of 2017 Photo (C) GETTY

The project highlights The Queen’s conservation project dubbed Commonwealth Canopy that has set out to create national forest parks in the 52 countries of the Commonwealth.

The documentary will be shown on ITV next year.

While the monarch is slowly reducing royal duties, the nature broadcaster shows no sign of stopping with his critically acclaimed natural history series Blue Planet II already becoming the most-watched programme of 2017.

Episode one of the Sir David Attenborough-narrated series was seen by a total of 14.01million people.

It is more than two million higher than the 11.63million who watched the One Love Manchester concert in June, which previously held the record for this year’s biggest TV audience.

The figures also show the edition of Strictly Come Dancing on October 28 attracted 12.28 million viewers.

It means the BBC now holds the top three spots in the 10 most-watched programmes of 2017 so far.

In fourth place is the final episode of ITV’s Broadchurch, which was watched by an audience of 11.61 million in April.

Blue Planet II looks likely to repeat the success of last year’s Planet Earth II, which enjoyed audiences of more than 11 million for all of its six episodes.

The full ratings for episode one of Blue Planet II include those who recorded the programme and watched it up to seven days afterwards.

Meanwhile, overnight ratings for episode two of the series, broadcast on Sunday evening on BBC One, show 10.8 million tuned in to watch dazzling footage of creatures living in the depths of the world’s oceans.


This number will almost certainly rise when the full ratings are published next week.

All ratings figures are published by Barb. The figures for ITV include those watching on the ITV+1 and ITV HD channels.

The documentary featuring Sir David Attenborough and the Queen, currently with working title ‘The Queen’s Canopy’, will be broadcast next year on ITV.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK
Tags: Queen Elizabeth II, Queen, Elizabeth II, Broadcast, Blue Planet II, Planet Earth II, Broadchurch, Programmes

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