While Angelina Jolie hails from a very different world compared to Queen Elizabeth, they do have one in common: a shared passion for environmental conservation. The Hollywood star made an appearance in the upcoming ITV David Attenborough documentary called The Queen's Green Planet, in which she opens up about the impact the 91-year-old monarch has had on her family.
She also delves into the the time she took all six of her children to Namibia for a forest conservation trip, which was highly inspired by the monarch. "For us to come here and say to the children, 'This is why it's important to plant a tree,' that's the biggest message I can teach my kids. It's something that they've certainly learned from Her Majesty and her message," the Oscar winner shared.
Angelina admitted that her children – Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 11, and nine-year-olds Knox and Vivienne – initially wondered why planting trees is important to Her Majesty. “They ask me, ‘Why is it so important to her?’ You know when you sit up at night in a tent with your kids and they say, ‘Why does the Queen of England care about planting trees in Africa?’” Brad Pitt’s ex said.
“What it comes down to is you say to the kids, ‘You know really, you don’t know her, you can’t understand all that it means to be a Queen and all that. But you try to say, ‘You know she’s just this really lovely lady who really cares about people around the world, and she really cares about the future, and she wants your grandkids and her grandkids to be able to be running around, enjoying nature and other cultures, and the importance of other cultures,’” Angelina continued. “She thinks that really matters and I agree with her.”
The documentary, which airs on April 16, focuses on the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy, an initiative that began in 2015 as a network of forest conservation programs throughout the Commonwealth of Nations. Angelina and Queen Elizabeth met back in 2014 and, at the time, Her Majesty made the 42-year-old star an honorary dame at Buckingham Palace for her services to UK foreign policy and her campaign to end war zone sexual violence. "To receive an honor related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to," Angelina said.