Queen Elizabeth, 93, ditches her handbag for a shovel: ‘I can still plant a tree’

She’s still got it.

On July 9, Queen Elizabeth II, the 93-year-old queen of the United Kingdom, visited the National Institute of Agricultural Botany in Cambridge to celebrate its 100-year anniversary.

Queen Elizabeth II plants a tree during a visit to the National Institute of Agricultural Botany on July 09, 2019 in Cambridge, England.

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Almost a century ago, her grandparents King George V and Queen Mary were on the same site, where they were photographed planting a mulberry tree.

This time, the Queen was just scheduled to supervise the planting of a hornbeam tree. But when the time came for the ceremony, she gave her handbag to a lady-in-waiting, walked up to the tree and grabbed a shovel.

According to The Telegraph, she was told that she could cover the roots of the young tree herself or have someone else do it for her. Queen Elizabeth replied, “No no, I can still plant a tree.”

She then scooped three piles of dirt and gave the shovel back as the crowd applauded.

“Somebody’s going to have to plant it properly now,” she said.

During her trip, the Queen also had lunch at the Queen’s College and opened the new site of the Royal Papworth Hospital.

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