At 91, Queen Elizabeth has a sense of humor about her age.
She proved as much while filming a new documentary with Sir David Attenborough, who is also 91, when the two strolled around the grounds of Buckingham Palace. As they discussed the future of the trees in her back garden (all 40 acres of it!), Attenborough commented, “There will be all kinds of different trees growing here in another 50 years time.” To which the Queen responded rather matter-of-factly: “Yes, I won’t be here though!”
Despite the jovial atmosphere, the ITV documentary (working title: The Queen’s Canopy) has been made to highlight an ambitious conservation initiative called The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, which began two years ago and aims to create a global network of protected forests across all 52 countries of the Commonwealth.
In a still from the documentary — which is due to air in 2018 — the Queen, wearing a floral dress, can be seen smiling broadly as she chats to the famed nature broadcaster about “trees, their shared interest in nature and conservation and the ambition of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.”
The Queen amuses her guest once again during another scene from the program when she comments that a sapling “does not seem to be doing very well.” Pointing it out to aides as they pass, she jokes: “Somebody sat on it I think at a garden party.”
Of course, it’s not the first time we have seen a glimpse of the Queen’s humorous side. In 2016, she starred in a hilarious Twitter video exchange with her grandson Prince Harry in response to a teasing video from then-President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle to promote the Invictus Games. Prior to that, Her Majesty made her film debut in 2012 alongside Daniel Craig when she appeared in a James Bond spoof that aired at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.