Buying a gift for the Queen is one hell of a task. In fact, the thought alone of having to present the monarch with something you’ve picked out especially for her is enough to riddle anyone with nerves. So what on earth do the select few who actually get to have that problem end up giving her?
In the highly-anticipated new ITV documentary, The Queen’s Green Planet, the Queen herself reveals that while she’s aware of how ‘difficult’ it is to buy presents for her, there’s one gift she always seems to receive – a plant.
Speaking to Sir David Attenborough in a short clip from the upcoming show, the Queen says: ‘I’ve been quite difficult to give presents to, so they’ve said “Oh, let’s give her a plant.”‘
Generally, it’s true that you can’t go wrong with a nice bit of foliage – unless you’re shopping for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding gift ,that is. The couple recently took the guesswork out of the gift giving ahead of their royal nuptials next month by announcing that they’d like guests and the public to make a donation to one of their seven chosen charities instead of buying them a present.
‘Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill they have received since their engagement, & have asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion of their wedding considers giving to charity, instead of sending a gift,’ Kensington Palace said in a statement on Twitter.
‘The couple have personally chosen 7 charities which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women’s empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces.’
Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill they have received since their engagement, & have asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion of their wedding considers giving to charity, instead of sending a gift. https://t.co/lzfrRmoeUv pic.twitter.com/nxrTZtIKBY
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 9, 2018
The Queen’s Green Planet, which will air on ITV on Monday 16th April, will show the Queen and Attenborough discussing the royal’s forest projects, a set of trusts set up to tackle climate change and raise awareness of the issue within the 53 Commonwealth countries.
The programme will also feature the rest of the Royal family, as we’re shown Prince Harry planting trees in the Caribbean, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada. We know what we’ll be doing next Monday night!
The Queen’s Green Planet will air on Monday 16th April at 9pm on ITV.