The Queen’s touching gesture revealed in new documentary

By Zach Harper

Her Majesty is an incredibly generous person. She patronizes more than 500 charities in the UK alone, with the Royal Family giving to nearly 3,000 worldwide, according to The Guardian. And to celebrate her 60 th anniversary on the throne, she showed just how kind she was yet again.

In 2012, Elizabeth II marked her Diamond Jubilee and decided to thank British troops around the world, a new documentary reveals. The monarch sent 15,000 tins of tea and biscuits from luxury UK grocer Fortnum & Mason to soldiers, according to Inside Fortnum & Mason: The Queen’s Grocer, a new film by Britain’s Channel 5.

The Queen, Duchess Camilla and Duchess Kate attended an unveiling of a plaque commemorating the restoration of the Fortnum & Mason store in London in 2012. Photo; © Neil Mockford/FilmMagic

“The Queen likes [Fortnum and Mason’s] Earl Grey tea, she has Earl Grey tea in the morning,” former press secretary Dickie Arbiter said, according to Express. “But the Assam tea is also available in Buckingham Palace.”

She also thanked UK soldiers by having 440,000 Diamond Jubilee medals created and sent to those serving around the world. There were also Canadian versions of the award. Sixty of them were handed out by former Governor-General David Johnston at Rideau Hall in February 2012. Each member of the Canadian Parliament and each Canadian senator also received a medal from Her Majesty.

If you’re wondering when the Queen’s next jubilee is, set your calendars for 2022, when she will celebrate 70 years on the throne.

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