British TV viewers watched Sir David Attenborough’s anticipated documentary “The Queen’s Green Planet” on Monday, in which Queen Elizabeth II is seen showcasing the gardens at Buckingham Palace and discussing all things ecological.
In the doc, viewers received a rare glimpse of the Queen in some unguarded moments — the Royal Family’s Christmas celebrations, for one — and judging by the response on social media they loved what they saw.
In fact, the Daily Mail reports that a favourite scene involved Her Majesty discussing tree ornaments with a member of the staff.
“The children love knocking those [baubles] off,” quipped the Queen. “Well my great-grandchildren do, anyway, they enjoy themselves.”
She added: “And the great thing is to make them decorate it… and then they’re a bit more careful.”
At another point in the doc, reports British newspaper The Express, the Queen and Attenborough discuss “conkers,” a time-honoured British game in which chestnuts that have fallen from a tree are used to try to smash another player’s tethered chestnuts.
“I heard recently that somebody tried to stop children playing with conkers,” she remarked.
“Was it health and safety?” asked Sir David, with the Queen responding, “Health and safety!”
Replied Attenborough: “No, really?”
“Yes!” replied the Queen, causing Attenborough to laughingly add, “You’d think they’d stop some people breathing.”
“It seems to be quite a harmless sort of battle thing, doesn’t it?” replied the Queen with a smile.