‘Plant a tree for the Jubilee’ Queen to mark 70-year reign with beech at Balmoral

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Queen Elizabeth II, 95 and her son the Prince of Wales, 72, will plant a tree at Her Majesty’s Aberdeenshire estate, Balmoral, to celebrate 70-years since she ascended to the British throne in 1952. According to the Evening Standard, it will herald the start of the planting season for a scheme called the Queen’s Green Canopy, otherwise known as QGC.

The QGC hopes to “create a lasting legacy” to the Queen and has urged people to start their own tree-planting projects under the rallying cry “plant a tree for the jubilee”.

The QGC will therefore encourage tree planting to take place between October and March, to optimise the chance of trees surviving and flourishing.

The online blog Royal Central spoke to the QGC organisers to find out more about the project.

They were told: “The Queen’s Green Canopy will encourage planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation, which will benefit future generations.”

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The QGC later added: “There are a number of large new community forests planned as well as many county projects so hopefully the QGC will add millions of trees to the UK.

“There are about 22 million people in the UK with a garden so if everyone planted a tree in their backyard that would add quite a lot of trees!

“We hope as many people as possible will plant.”

Reports suggest the Queen and the Duke of Rothesay will plant a copper beech tree at the Scottish castle.

The pair will plant the tree at the Balmoral Estate’s cricket pavilion on Friday and will be joined by schoolchildren from Crathie Primary School.

According to the Scottish retreat’s website, Balmoral was first purchased by the British royal family in 1852 by Prince Albert for his wife, Queen Victoria.

Before Elizabeth II ascended to the throne in 1952, Victoria was also the longest reigning monarch in British history having sat on the throne from 1837 until 1901.

But when Victoria died on the Isle of Wight she was still seven years short from celebrating her Platinum Jubilee.

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Elizabeth II would therefore become the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.

She would also join a limited club of just three monarchs – Louis XIV of France, King Bhumibol of Thailand and Johann II of Liechtenstein – who sat on their respective thrones for 70-years or more.

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