The Queen's Green Planet

The Queen's Green Planet



For the seven decades of her reign, the Queen has remained a largely enigmatic figure. Notwithstanding the occasional glimpses into family life in documentaries such as Royal Family in 1969 and Elizabeth R in 1992, the mystique of monarchy has been preserved by keeping the cameras at arm’s length. But, at 91, it seems the mask is being gently adjusted.

In January we saw her on TV talking quite revealingly about the Crown Jewels and now, in this absolute gem of a programme, she strolls through the gardens of Buckingham Palace with Sir David Attenborough as her attentive companion. There really is something quite magical about their relaxed and, at times, playful conversation. It’s mostly well-mannered small talk, but he charms, she teases and they both spend much of the time with the broadest of smiles on their faces.

There is a serious purpose to it all – a project in her name that protects woodland across the Commonwealth – and Angelina Jolie as well as Princes William and Harry do put in an appearance. But it’s these two nonagenarians who steal the show… and with it your heart.


Documentary following Her Majesty the Queen and an ambitious legacy project to create a global network of protected forests, spanning the 53 countries of the Commonwealth. The film also features a conversation between the Queen and Sir David Attenborough in the gardens of Buckingham Palace last summer, with the subjects ranging from climate change to conkers and birthday gifts. There is also footage of the members of the royal family involved so far in making the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy a reality, including Prince Harry planting trees in the Caribbean and Prince William in Canada's Great Bear Rainforest.

Cast & Crew

Director Jane Treays
Executive Producer Chris Shaw
Producer Nathaniel Lippiett