The Queen gets given a 'special' present every Monday when she arrives back at Buckingham Palace, it has been claimed.
Her Majesty has numerous properties but her official home is the 775-room palace in Westminster – and there's always an incentive for her to keep coming back.
The 93-year-old is presented with a small bunch of flowers from the royal grounds, hand-selected by the gardens manager, according to gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh.
The former presenter of Ground Force said a little bouquet made up of half a dozen different types of flowers is placed on her desk on arriving back from Windsor, reports The Sun.
Mr Titchmarsh, also an avid writer, told the Radio Times: "She [the Queen] has a little posy cut for her every Monday, which is placed on her desk when she gets back from Windsor.
"'It will typically have six or seven different types of flowers from the garden to give her a little snapshot of what's looking good at that time."
Keen to show off their labours, the grounds' gardeners delight in seeing the best picks given to their boss, and can include anything from honeysuckle, winter jasmine and blueberries, and more.
The Queen loves plants and gardens – on visiting the Chelsea Flower Show with Prince Philip in 2017 she told staff her green-fingered interests have increased of late.
And Robert Hillier, chairman of Hillier Nurseries, who spoke to HRH at the show, recalled: "She has never shown her knowledge before.
“We have met many times but suddenly she is so interested in plants and planting.
“She obviously enjoys going to Chelsea, but in the past she has not been so animated. She has got really into gardening. It's never too late!"
Eight full-time gardeners, with additional part-time staff hired as required, maintain the lawns and flowers at Buckingham Palace – with the Grade II listed gardens covering 42 acres.
On top of the 200 trees and 350 plus types of wildflowers, the gardens also boast a summerhouse, tennis court and helicopter pad.
The Queen can wander around the three-acre lake or rose garden whenever she fancies a break from work inside the palace.
The grounds are private for most of the year, but visitors can see them during palace tours in August and September, as well as during summer garden parties.
Her Majesty infamously had a sundial moved after Sir Attenborough informed her it had been placed in the shade during a TV documentary in 2018.
She also pointed out a bent sapling which she said someone had sat on at a garden party.
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