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Queen insists she is ‘still perfectly capable’ of planting a tree at 93

By Robert Jobson
London Evening Standard
July 9, 2019
Category: Froggy Foibles
Region: International

The Queen was not letting the small matter of her advancing age stand in the way of that most quintessential royal job: tree planting. Rejecting an offer of help on Tuesday to plant a hornbeam sapling, the 93-year-old declared: “No, no, I’m still perfectly capable of planting a tree.” With that she seized the spade and started energetically shovelling in the soil to commemorate 100 years of the National Institute of Agricultural Botany just outside Cambridge. The NIAB chairman Jim Godfrey had been primed to plant the tree for her, and for Her Majesty to “supervise”. …Tina Barsby, chief executive of NIAB said: “It was very impressive to see her planting the tree. She wasn’t scheduled to plant the tree, it was just to supervise the planting. But she handed her handbag to her someone and seized the spade. She obviously wanted to do it!”

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