Queen Elizabeth insists she's 'perfectly capable' of planting a tree

Carla Harmon
July 10, 2019

A long-time worker, Teresa Stratton, told the Lancashire Telegraph that she'd mentioned how "We're the only place in the United Kingdom that does grape research" to The Queen and that she "was very interested" to learn that.

But, when she was asked if she would like assistance with the planting, the Queen replied: "No, no, I'm still perfectly capable of planting a tree".

She accessoried with her favourite string of pearls, a pretty broach and a posy of exotic faux flowers and greenery at the brim of her hat.

Warm welcome: The Queen was vibrant in a pink suit as she arrived for a day of engagements in Cambridge.


In case you were wondering if there's an age limit to planting ceremonial trees, allow Queen Elizabeth to debunk the myth for you: at 93-years-old, she reminded onlookers in Cambridge on Tuesday that she's "still perfectly capable of planting a tree".

The Queen had earlier viewed an exhibition celebrating 100 years of crop research and toured a glasshouse.

Ms Stratton, 58, has worked at NIAB for 41 years and said she told the monarch of other crops that the institute was working on.

"NIAB is involved in nearly every crop, and one of our people mentioned we had an experiential vineyard in Kent and she said she had some vines in Windsor".


According to the Royal Family's Instagram, Her Majesty learned about the work the NIAB does, saw visitor books which had been signed by King George V and Queen Mary, and The Duke of Cambridge.

The monarch gave her black Launer handbag to her lady-in-waiting, saying "I can't do both" before grabbing the spade.

The new hospital building supports Royal Papworth staff to deliver excellent care to patients suffering from heart and lung disease, and includes five operating theatres, five catheter laboratories (for non-surgical procedures) and two hybrid theatres.

There were loud cheers and applause as she unveiled a plaque in the hospital's main entrance to mark the formal opening.


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