In a special initiative to mark her Platinum Jubilee, the Prince and Queen of Wales planted a Balmoral Castle tree.
Charles laughed as they put soil around the copperbeech sapling. “Let’s hope it will survive.”
The move marks the start of the planting season for a scheme called the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC), created to mark 70 years’ service to the nation.
The Queen and Charles, known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland planted the tree at Balmoral’s cricket pavilion on Friday, joined by schoolchildren from nearby Crathie Primary.
The school’s pupils have taken part in nature projects as part the QGC initiative. They were out exploring Balmoral woods on Friday.
The Queen will be the first British monarch who celebrates the milestone next year. She was 25 when she ascended to the throne in 1952.
QGC’s goal is to “create a lasting legacy”The Queen asked people to join their tree-planting efforts across the UK. “Plant a tree for the jubilee.”
To maximize the chances of trees flourishing and surviving, the scheme encourages planting between October and March.