The Queen offers heartwarming and cheeky glimpse into Royal's Christmas in rare behind-the-scenes glimpse at her life

And possibly referring to Prince William and brother Harry, she added: "Even the grandchildren do."

The monarch couldn't help but smile as she recounted the cheeky exploits of the youngest members of the royal family – who include Prince George and sister Charlotte – during the festive season.

Speaking in a new ITV documentary, The Queen's Green Planet, the doting grandmother was filmed with the Duke of Edinburgh inspecting an impressive Christmas tree.

Chatting about the impressive decorations, the 91-year-old monarch gestured to the red baubles, saying: "This is always the problem – the children love knocking those off.

"My great-grandchildren do."

But ever the problem-solver, the Queen added: "The great thing is to make them decorate it, then they are a bit more careful with it."

The tree took between eight and nine years to grow, with the Queen remarking that it was one of the biggest they had ever had at Windsor.

It was a sweet behind-the-scenes glimpse of the royal in the new documentary following her project to create a global network of protected forests across the Commonwealth.

Hosted by David Attenborough, the documentary focuses on her love of gardening and desire to preserve natural habitats for future generations.

It comes as the royal family gets ready to grow, with the Duchess of Cambridge set to give birth to her and William's third child this month.

And US actress Meghan Markle will also become an official member of the royal family next month on her marriage to Prince Harry.

Viewers flooded social media with praise for the Queen, saying they loved to see her "sassy" side during the documentary.

One wrote: "I don’t know why but the Queen really really fascinates me. Her sass"

Another added: "I'm enjoying this so much. Like two old friends just walking in the park together."

A third wrote: "With all the horrible goings on in the world this one small hour of watching the Queen and David Attenborough laugh and joke about trees, watch Harry be adorable and see all these beautiful countries is the humbleness I needed on this Monday."

Alongside him, The Queen’s Green Planet will also follow Prince Harry as he plants trees in the Caribbean.

“I think I’m closing in on my half-century of trees planted,” Prince Harry commented, “but I reckon the Queen is up in the thousands.”

The documentary will see Prince William and his family in Canada's Great Bear Rainforest and follow Angelina Jolie's conservation work with the Namibian government.


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