Queen Elizabeth is a true force of nature, and going by her latest display, she’s not planning on slowing down any time soon. Visiting the National Institute of Agricultural Botany this week, the queen did something that’s captured global attention, and we can’t help but cheer for the reigning monarch.
The event, which celebrated 100 years of crop research, involved tree planting — something many wouldn’t bat an eyelid at. And the queen was one of them, despite being offered a helping hand by the institute’s chairman, Jim Godfrey. But it was more about what she said as opposed to what she did during the event that’s really got people talking.
The ever-hardy Elizabeth told Godfrey that she was “perfectly capable of planting a tree,” as she was offered his helping hand, People reports. She then grabbed a shovel and started piling dirt into a hole for the tree. Guess that’s one way to prove she’s still going strong!
It was later revealed that the queen wasn’t even expected to plant the tree in the first place — her role was simply to supervise!
“But she handed her handbag to her someone and seized the spade. She obviously wanted to do it!” An onlooker told media at the event.
The display was an undeniably glorious one from the queen, who looked stunning in a fetching pink tweed ensemble paired with her signature Launer handbag.
And perhaps even more impressive was the way she managed to maintain her picture perfect appearance. There wasn’t a speck of dirt to be seen on the radiant royal after the planting!
The visit from the queen was intended to highlight new research to improve the resilience of crops — something the royal family have taken keen interest in over the years.
Prince Harry himself is a known passionate advocate for the environment, a trait that looks set to be passed down to his newborn son Archie.
Following the birth of baby Archie in May, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that she would plant 10 native trees on behalf of New Zealanders to celebrate.
In June, the Kiwi PM did exactly that, taking to the Mount Victoria in Wellington where she and other members of charitable organization Little Sprouts planted the trees.
Now with roots in New Zealand, the young royal is certainly taking after his environmentally conscious family already. We can’t wait for him to be old enough to witness the admirable display his grandmother just put on!
And tree-planting is nothing new to the current generation of royals either. In 1921, the queen’s own grandparents King George V and Queen Mary planted a mulberry tree at the very same site the queen just visited.
There’s no denying it, this was an occasion that wont be forgotten by Elizabeth (and indeed her legion of fans across the world) anytime soon.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.