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British Royals

Queen Camilla’s touching tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Camilla has made a touching tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, linked to a shared military connection.

The Queen planted 100 trees in memory of Her Late Majesty with the help of the Royal Lancers.

Queen Camilla is now Colonel in Chief of the Royal Lancers, a role she took over from Queen Elizabeth II.

The soldiers helped Her Majesty plant 100 oak saplings at Sandringham.

The Queen wore her wellies for the job which turned muddy as the trees were put in place.

Queen Elizabeth II was still heir to the throne when her own association with the regiment began. King George VI made the then Princess Elizabeth Colonel in Chief of the 16/15th Lancers in 1947 when she turned 21. Her Late Majesty retained the role as the regiment later became The Queen’s Royal Lancers and then the Royal Lancers through amalgamations. She was Colonel-in-Chief until her death in September 2022.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.