Queen Elizabeth Joins Forces with Prince Charles for Her First Royal Outing Since Summer Break

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles just teamed up for a mother-son outing.

On Friday, the 95-year-old monarch and the Prince of Wales participated in a special tree event to mark the start of the U.K.’s official planting season. The duo invited local schoolchildren to attend the get-together, which took place at their Balmoral estate in Scotland. The event marked the start of The Queen's Green Canopy, a U.K.-wide tree planting initiative to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. The program has encouraged people across the country to “plant a tree for the Jubilee.”

According to an Instagram post shared on the royal family’s official account, the queen and her eldest son planted a copper beech. “The children are the first class in the U.K. to undertake the Junior Forester Award, launched today,” the post’s caption read. “The Junior Forestry Award teaches children about the environmental benefits of trees, as well as practical woodland management skills.”

This was the monarch's first official outing following her summer vacation. If you didn’t know, every year the queen takes a break from her royal duties to spend some time at her Scottish estate.

Considering Charles has quite the green thumb, this engagement seems like the perfect way to get back to business.

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