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US News Royal fans are given a heartwarming glimpse into Christmas at Windsor... and praise 'sassy' Queen as she scolds Sir David Attenborough during one-off ITV documentary

10:06  17 april  2018
10:06  17 april  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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a group of people sitting at a table: The Queen gave viewers a peek into Christmas at Windsor in The Queen's Green Planet on Monday night © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Queen gave viewers a peek into Christmas at Windsor in The Queen's Green Planet on Monday night Viewers have been given a rare glimpse into Christmas at Windsor in a new documentary starring the Queen. 

The monarch, 91, revealed her boisterous great-grandchildren often knock ornaments off the branches as she quizzed staff on the fir tree installed at the castle each year.

In the touching festive scene, she and the Duke of Edinburgh can be seen laughing and joking as they hand presents to their most trusted staff before heading to Sandringham for their annual Christmas break.

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The footage appears in new ITV documentary called The Queen's Green Planet, which follows the monarch's legacy project to create a global network of protected forests across the Commonwealth - and her 'sassy' manner has delighted viewers.

a close up of a flower: The Queen said last year's Christmas tree was one of the biggest they'd had at Windsor © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Queen said last year's Christmas tree was one of the biggest they'd had at Windsor In the festive scene, the Queen can be heard chatting to the member of staff Neil Turner, who was tasked with putting up the tree.

She said: 'The children love knocking those [baubles] off. Well my great-grandchildren do, anyway, they enjoy themselves.

' a little girl sitting in a chair: She revealed that her great-grandchildren pull off the decorations on her Christmas tree (pictured are Princess Charlotte and Prince George) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited She revealed that her great-grandchildren pull off the decorations on her Christmas tree (pictured are Princess Charlotte and Prince George) And the great thing is to make them decorate it... and then they're a bit more careful.' 

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a man and a woman standing in a room: The couple were seen giving Christmas presents to their staff during the festive moment © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The couple were seen giving Christmas presents to their staff during the festive moment 'I'd like to give you this. It's only a frame!' the Queen says dryly, making the crowd around her laugh.

The documentary, hosted by David Attenborough, focuses on the vast network of native forests across Britain and the Commonwealth which is set to be protected forever in the Queen's name - and her love of gardening.  

a group of people standing in a room: The monarch joked that the way to get the great-grandchildren to be more careful with the tree is to get them to decorate it themselves © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The monarch joked that the way to get the great-grandchildren to be more careful with the tree is to get them to decorate it themselves In one scene filmed last June, the Queen gives Attenborough a tour of the grounds of Buckingham Palace while pointing out her favourite trees and flowers that had been planted there over the decades.

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But it was her cheeky sense of humour that had viewers gripped to their screens, with many calling her 'sassy' and 'so funny'.

a person that is standing in the grass: The documentary was hosted by David Attenborough, who she gives a special tour of Buckingham Palace's garden © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The documentary was hosted by David Attenborough, who she gives a special tour of Buckingham Palace's garden In one scene, the monarch playfully scolds Attenborough as he confuses the trees she had planted to mark the births of Prince Edward and Prince Andrew.

In another she pointed out a wonky tree, joking that they 'won't put that in' the film. 

a close up of a person: The stunning tree, which was from Christmas 2017, took between eight and nine years to grow © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The stunning tree, which was from Christmas 2017, took between eight and nine years to grow One tweeted: 'The queen is a sassy little thing isn’t she.'

'The queen is so funny bless her,' another said.

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  Royal fans are given a heartwarming glimpse into Christmas at Windsor... and praise 'sassy' Queen as she scolds Sir David Attenborough during one-off ITV documentary © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

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  Royal fans are given a heartwarming glimpse into Christmas at Windsor... and praise 'sassy' Queen as she scolds Sir David Attenborough during one-off ITV documentary © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

a screenshot of a cell phone: Viewers were left in stitches at the royal's sense of humour, with many calling her 'sassy' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Viewers were left in stitches at the royal's sense of humour, with many calling her 'sassy'

A third said: 'Drinking tea and watching the Queen being sassy to David Attenborough feels like the most British way I could possibly be spending a Monday evening.' 

Their sentiments were echoed by actress Angelina Jolie, who described the Queen as a 'lovely lady' as she spoke about the QCC project. 

a man wearing a suit and tie: In one scene Attenborough got confused between trees planted for Prince Edward and Prince Andrew, which the Queen playfully colded him for © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited In one scene Attenborough got confused between trees planted for Prince Edward and Prince Andrew, which the Queen playfully colded him for As the programme concludes, Sir David discusses the importance of her legacy with the monarch.

'The trees with which you will be presented are going to change as our climate changes and there will be all kinds of different trees growing here in another 50 years maybe,' he says.

'It might easily be, yes,' she says, before pausing for comic effect and adding: 'I won't be here though.

a close up of a tree: The documentary follows the monarch's legacy project to create a global network of protected forests across the Commonwealth © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The documentary follows the monarch's legacy project to create a global network of protected forests across the Commonwealth

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

He said: 'There was a certain amount of apprehension because all sorts of things could have gone wrong. 

'There were problems in that where the palace is, geographically, there are always police sirens and ambulance sirens that make filming difficult. But she took it all in her stride.

'It was a privilege of course, a very nice occasion - and she was very gracious.'

How will the royal baby’s arrival be announced? .
Confirmation will come in a statement to the press and on Twitter, and then a formal notice will be placed on show at Buckingham Palace. © PA A press secretary and a footman place an easel on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace to announce the birth of Prince George in 2013 Just as when George and Charlotte were born, the age-old custom of placing a paper proclamation for the public to see at the Queen’s London residence will be carried out.A brief formal announcement – on foolscap-sized paper set in a dark wooden frame – will be placed on an ornate golden easel on the forecourt of the Palace.

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