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UK News‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it

05:26  10 july  2019
05:26  10 july  2019 Source:   ca.hellomagazine.com

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“No, no,” the Queen , dressed in a bright pink coat over a flower patterned dress and matching hat, told officials. “ I ’ m still perfectly capable of planting a tree .” The Queen ’s visit to the National Institute of Agricultural Botany included learning about new building facilities and meeting plant breeders to talk

“No, no,” the Queen , dressed in a bright pink coat over a flower patterned dress and matching hat, told officials. “ I ’ m still perfectly capable of planting a She obviously wanted to do it !” The Queen ’s visit to the National Institute of Agricultural Botany included learning about new building facilities and

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How many gardeners do you know who are more than 90 years old? For that matter, how many people do you know who are more than 90 years old who plant trees? You can now name one.

The Queen surprised those she met at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) near Cambridge on July 9, when she gave her handbag to her lady-in-waiting during a tree planting.

“Can you take that? I can’t do both,” she said.

‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it © 2019 Getty Images CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Queen Elizabeth II plants a tree during a visit to the NIAB, (National Institute of Agricultural Botany) on July 09, 2019 in Cambridge, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Members of the Royal Family often plant trees at important events and every time they visit a country outside the UK.

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The Queen has shown age isn't a barrier for her as she insisted on planting a tree herself while on a After the tree was officially planted , the royal even leant on the shovel, before having it taken from her "We're the only place in the UK that does grape research and she was very interested," she said.

The Queen , 93, firmly refused the offer of help as she stepped up to plant a tree at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB), in Cambridge When asked whether she would perform the task on her own, the Queen replied: 'No, no, I ' m still perfectly capable of planting a tree ,' before

When officials offered help, the 93-year-old responded, “No, no. I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree.” With that, NIAB chairperson Jim Godfrey handed her a shovel and with further ado, she got going on the work.

“I don’t think I’ve ever planted one of these before,” she said in the midst of the job. But she didn’t stop there. She lifted two more loads of soil before she finished.

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‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it
‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it

When she was done, she leaned back on her shovel and grinned at everyone there before using the back side of the shovel to subtly nudge the equivalent of another load of dirt in.

Her Majesty then looked at everyone and cheekily joked in her typical dry style, “Somebody’s going to have to plant it properly now.”

‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it © 2019 Getty Images CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Queen Elizabeth II plants a tree during a visit to the NIAB, (National Institute of Agricultural Botany) on July 09, 2019 in Cambridge, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The Queen plants a tree as part of the visit to @NIABTAG ????#RoyalVisitCambridge pic.twitter.com/UFMyyFZafo

— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) July 9, 2019

This wasn’t the first time a royal has planted a tree at the NIAB. During her visit on July 9, the Queen was given a bowl from part of a tree her grandmother, Queen Mary, planted while there in 1921.

The Queen was presented with a bowl created from part of the tree planted by Queen Mary in 1921 @NIABTAG #RoyalVisitCambridge pic.twitter.com/AfRN9EXOzV

— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) July 9, 2019

This was a busy day for Her Majesty! The Queen spent the rest of her visit to the NIAB learning about crop resiliency and what the institution’s breeders are doing to improve farms’ yields throughout the UK.

‘I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree,’ the Queen insists – and then does it © 2019 Getty Images CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the NIAB, (National Institute of Agricultural Botany) on July 09, 2019 in Cambridge, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

From there, she headed to Queen’s College Cambridge, one of her patronages, and met with graduates and the college’s staff before she had a meal with them in its dining hall.

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The Queen also met Mr Pedro Catarino, Clinical Lead for Transplantation. pic.twitter.com/T71Pe2jRmR

— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) July 9, 2019

In the afternoon, she stepped out to the Royal Papworth Hospital with the Duchess of Gloucester to learn about the important work the hospital is doing with heart and lung patients. In 1979, the hospital carried out the first successful heart transplant in the UK. She also toured some of its new facilities, including its catheter laboratories and a critical care unit.

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