ITV documentary offers glimpse into the Queen’s Christmas at Windsor


Viewers have been given a rare glimpse into Christmas at Windsor in a new documentary starring the Queen. 

The monarch, 91, revealed her boisterous great-grandchildren knock ornaments off the branches as she admired the giant fir tree installed at the castle.

In the touching festive scene, she and the Duke of Edinburgh are seen laughing and joking as they hand presents to their most trusted members of staff before heading to Sandringham for their annual Christmas break.

The footage appears in new ITV documentary called The Queen’s Green Planet, which follows the monarch’s legacy project to create a global network of protected forests across the Commonwealth – and her ‘sassy’ manner has delighted viewers.

The Queen gave viewers a peek into Christmas at Windsor in The Queen's Green Planet on Monday night. The monarch joked that the way to get the great-grandchildren to be more careful with the tree is to get them to decorate it themselves

The Queen gave viewers a peek into Christmas at Windsor in The Queen's Green Planet on Monday night. The monarch joked that the way to get the great-grandchildren to be more careful with the tree is to get them to decorate it themselves

The Queen gave viewers a peek into Christmas at Windsor in The Queen’s Green Planet on Monday night. The monarch joked that the way to get the great-grandchildren to be more careful with the tree is to get them to decorate it themselves

As well as the rare footage of Windsor Castle, it was the Queen's cheeky sense of humour that had viewers gripped to their screens as she chatted to Sir David Attenborough (pictured)

As well as the rare footage of Windsor Castle, it was the Queen's cheeky sense of humour that had viewers gripped to their screens as she chatted to Sir David Attenborough (pictured)

As well as the rare footage of Windsor Castle, it was the Queen’s cheeky sense of humour that had viewers gripped to their screens as she chatted to Sir David Attenborough (pictured)

In the festive scene, the Queen can be heard chatting to the member of staff Neil Turner, who was tasked with putting up the tree.

She said: ‘The children love knocking those [baubles] off. Well my great-grandchildren do, anyway, they enjoy themselves.

‘And the great thing is to make them decorate it… and then they’re a bit more careful.’ 

The stunning tree took between eight and nine years to grow and the Queen said it was one of the biggest they’d ever had at Windsor. 

While handing out framed photographs to staff, the couple shared a joke with Michael Field, who is head of displays and framing pictures.

The documentary was hosted by David Attenborough, who is given a special tour of Buckingham Palace's garden and all of the Queen's favourite plants and trees

The documentary was hosted by David Attenborough, who is given a special tour of Buckingham Palace's garden and all of the Queen's favourite plants and trees

The documentary was hosted by David Attenborough, who is given a special tour of Buckingham Palace’s garden and all of the Queen’s favourite plants and trees

The Queen remarked last year's Christmas tree was one of the biggest they'd had at Windsor - and revealed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren often knock off the baubles

The Queen remarked last year's Christmas tree was one of the biggest they'd had at Windsor - and revealed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren often knock off the baubles

The Queen remarked last year’s Christmas tree was one of the biggest they’d had at Windsor – and revealed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren often knock off the baubles

Getting into the Christmas spirit: In the festive scene, the Queen can be heard chatting to the member of staff Neil Turner, who was tasked with putting up the tree

Getting into the Christmas spirit: In the festive scene, the Queen can be heard chatting to the member of staff Neil Turner, who was tasked with putting up the tree

Getting into the Christmas spirit: In the festive scene, the Queen can be heard chatting to the member of staff Neil Turner, who was tasked with putting up the tree

‘I’d like to give you this. It’s only a frame!’ the Queen says drily, making the crowd around her laugh.

The documentary, hosted by David Attenborough, focuses on the vast network of native forests across Britain and the Commonwealth which is set to be protected forever in the Queen’s name – and her love of gardening.  

In one scene filmed last June, the Queen gives Attenborough a tour of the grounds of Buckingham Palace while pointing out her favourite trees and flowers that had been planted there over the decades.

The couple were seen giving Christmas presents to their staff during the festive moment, including Michael Field, who is head head of displays and framing pictures

The couple were seen giving Christmas presents to their staff during the festive moment, including Michael Field, who is head head of displays and framing pictures

The couple were seen giving Christmas presents to their staff during the festive moment, including Michael Field, who is head head of displays and framing pictures

The stunning tree, which was from Christmas 2017, took between eight and nine years to grow - and the monarch said it was one of the biggest they'd ever had at Windsor

The stunning tree, which was from Christmas 2017, took between eight and nine years to grow - and the monarch said it was one of the biggest they'd ever had at Windsor

The stunning tree, which was from Christmas 2017, took between eight and nine years to grow – and the monarch said it was one of the biggest they’d ever had at Windsor

But it was her cheeky sense of humour that had viewers gripped to their screens, with many calling her ‘sassy’ and ‘so funny’.

In one scene, the monarch playfully scolds Attenborough as he confuses the trees she had planted to mark the births of Prince Edward and Prince Andrew.

In another, she pointed out a lopsided sapling, joking that they ‘won’t put that in’ the film.

And clearly delighted by her deadpan humour, one viewer tweeted: ‘The queen is a sassy little thing isn’t she.’ 

Another viewer wrote: ‘Drinking tea and watching the Queen being sassy to David Attenborough feels like the most British way I could possibly be spending a Monday evening.’

 

 

 

Viewers were left in stitches at the royal's sense of humour, with many calling her 'sassy' 

Viewers were left in stitches at the royal's sense of humour, with many calling her 'sassy' 

Viewers were left in stitches at the royal’s sense of humour, with many calling her ‘sassy’ 

Their sentiments were echoed by actress Angelina Jolie, who described the Queen as a ‘lovely lady’ as she spoke about the QCC project towards the end of the documentary. 

As the programme concludes, Sir David discusses the importance of her legacy with the monarch.

‘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 maybe,’ he says.

‘It might easily be, yes,’ she says, before pausing for comic effect and adding: ‘I won’t be here though.

In one scene Attenborough got confused between trees planted for Prince Edward and Prince Andrew, which the Queen playfully colded him for

In one scene Attenborough got confused between trees planted for Prince Edward and Prince Andrew, which the Queen playfully colded him for

In one scene Attenborough got confused between trees planted for Prince Edward and Prince Andrew, which the Queen playfully colded him for

The documentary follows the monarch's legacy project to create a global network of protected forests across the Commonwealth

The documentary follows the monarch's legacy project to create a global network of protected forests across the Commonwealth

The documentary follows the monarch’s legacy project to create a global network of protected forests across the Commonwealth

Speaking to the Radio Times about the interview last week, Sir David confessed to being nervous before the meeting – but said the Queen was ‘very gracious’. 

He said: ‘There was a certain amount of apprehension because all sorts of things could have gone wrong. 

‘There were problems in that where the palace is, geographically, there are always police sirens and ambulance sirens that make filming difficult. But she took it all in her stride.

‘It was a privilege of course, a very nice occasion – and she was very gracious.’


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