The Queen and Sir David Attenborough were spotted sharing a giggle on Tuesday night as they joined forces for a reception at Buckingham Palace.
The event was organised to showcase a range of projects set up as part of a new conservation initiative, but the pair no doubt took a minute to catch up on the the BBC wildlife presenter’s storming new series of Planet Earth.
The 90-year-old monarch wore an elegant turquoise skirt suit, accessorised with a pearl necklace and matching earrings. She added black gloves, patent shoes and a purse believed to from her trusted luxury handbag maker, Launer.
The Queen and Sir David Attenborough a giggle on Tuesday night as they joined forces for a meeting on the Commonwealth Canopy at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday night
Speakers discussed forestry initiatives around the world that have been set up as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC).
According to the Royal Family’s official Twitter account, Sir Attenborough, also 90, said in a speech: ‘I am immensely grateful to Your Majesty for showing great leadership by putting your name to the Commonwealth Canopy.’
The veteran wildlife presenter added: ‘We are fortunate that you are still thinking about the future and how to make this a better world.’
Sir Attenborough, also 90, said in a speech: ‘I am immensely grateful to Your Majesty for showing great leadership by putting your name to the Commonwealth Canopy’
The Queen shakes hands with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson
Labour MP Frank Field, the co-founder of Cool Earth charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction, meets the Queen during Tuesday night’s reception
While the smartly-dressed pair caught up over a glass of wine, they were joined by guests including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Labour MP Frank Field, who came up with the idea for the project.
The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne also attended the event.
Mr Field said he’d had no interest in the project from past Labour and Conservative administrations, but found Buckingham Palace was interested in his scheme.
He said if the Commonwealth’s rainforests were added together they would be second in a league table behind Brazil, which is home to much of the Amazon.
The Queen, joined by Prince Philip and Princess Anne, also presented High Commisioners from countries with certificates recognising their dedication to the Commonwealth Canopy
The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and Sir David listen to a speech during the reception
He added: ‘It seemed an obvious way for the Commonwealth to do politics in a different way because now it’s the second biggest organisation responsible for rainforests after Brazil.
‘So the Commonwealth has a place at the top table when we’re discussing the future of rainforests in a way it never had when it was just wonderful pieces of forest here and there.”
Mr Field co-founded Cool Earth, a charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction, and it is a partner in the project along with the Royal Commonwealth Society, and the Commonwealth Forestry Association.
On display in a number of rooms at the palace were boards illustrating the forests signed up to the project from the UK’s Epping Forest and Singapore’s Botanic Gardens to the Seychelles which is planting 20,000 trees and Australia which has dedicated a programme to planting 20 million.
The Planet Earth presenter and naturalist, right, told the Queen: ‘We are fortunate that you are still thinking about the future and how to make this a better world’
The High Commissioner for Singapore, Her Excellency Ms Foo Chi Hsia, is presented with a certificate recognising her dedication to the Commonwealth Canopy
Singapore’s entry was officially acknowledged on behalf of the Queen by Anne during a recent visit to the city state.
Canada’s QCC commitment of the Great Bear Rainforest was unveiled by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they visited it a few months ago, and Prince Harry will tour a number of QCC dedications during his coming visit to the Caribbean.
The Queen later presented High Commisioners from 20 countries with certificates recognising their dedication to the Commonwealth Canopy.
The QCC initiative was launched by The Queen at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta last year, when an appeal was made to all 52 Commonwealth nations to contribute areas of indigenous forest to be preserved.