Queen recalls childhood memories with Princess Margaret in David Attenborough documentary

  • Queen recalls childhood memories with Princess Margaret in David Attenborough documentary

Queen recalls childhood memories with Princess Margaret in David Attenborough documentary

The conversation was filmed previous year for a documentary due to be broadcast in Britain next week.

She was filmed complaining about the noise while strolling in her private garden at Buckingham Palace with British broadcaster Sir David Attenborough last June.

Wearing a floral dress and no hat, Queen Elizabeth strolls in dappled sunlight through the garden at Buckingham Palace with an old acquaintance, making quips and even mentioning the prospect of her own demise in a light-hearted way.

Speaking to the Radio Times about the interview, Sir David confessed to being nervous before the meeting - but said the Queen was "very gracious".

The hour-long programme, to be shown next week, focuses on the monarch's initiative to mark her lifetime's service to the Commonwealth by encouraging a network of conservation projects in all 53 member states. Then, after a pause, she adds with a smile: "I won't be here though".

Irritated, the Queen remarks: 'Why do they always go round and round when you want to talk?

Attenborough chuckles but does not dwell on the remark, instead commenting on a nearby sundial positioned in the shade of a tree, rendering it useless.

Asked about their on-screen chemistry, Sir David said: "She is very un-solemn, very good at putting people at their ease".

"In the often humorous exchange, the Queen reveals her passion for nature and how the garden's history is intertwined with that of her family, charting the lives of her children but also delving into the past of her great-great-grandparents Queen Victoria and Prince Albert".

"I think she is genuinely concerned about it and interested in it, because she certainly talks about it".

"The Queen's Green Planet" is set to air on United Kingdom broadcaster ITV later this month.

The Queen took the rare step of agreeing to personally escort Attenborough around the palace's tree collection for the documentary, which will air on Monday.

"You know, I've been quite hard to give presents to, so", she says, drawing laughter from Attenborough.