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Royal Special: Windsor

To celebrate 65 years since Her Majesty's coronation, Countryfile, also celebrating its 30th anniversary, has been given unprecedented access to the Queen's Windsor estate.

To celebrate 65 years since Her Majesty's coronation, Countryfile, also celebrating its 30th anniversary, has been given unprecedented access to the Queen's Windsor estate.

Matt Baker is at Windsor Great Park finding out about the Queen's countryside retreat and how it was as a young princess that Her Majesty first fell in love with the park. It's here where she can indulge her love of nature and also her great love of horses. Matt meets the Queen's head groom as well as her favourite pony Emma. He also explores the park in the Duke of Edinburgh's horse-drawn carriage for a unique tour of some of the Queen's favourite places.

Adam Henson explores the farming history at Windsor as well as looking at the Queen's current farming methods. She has a number of breeds of livestock on the farm. Adam meets the farm manager looking after the Sussex breed of beef cattle before meeting the Queen's dairy herd of beautiful jersey cattle which are reared using also the latest farming technology. Adam is also allowed inside the never before filmed majestic creamery - designed by Prince Albert in 1857.

Anita Rani looks at the Queen's love of horses and her passion for native British breeds. Anita meets a farmer who breeds Cleveland Bays, a breed rescued from the brink of extinction by HM the Queen.

Sean Fletcher is at the Royal Welsh Show. It's a country show Princess Elizabeth first visited in 1947. Sean finds out about the amazing reception she's received each time she's visited.

Windsor is home to some of the most ancient and veteran oak trees in northern Europe. John Craven meets the man in charge of a huge new planting scheme across the Great Park instigated by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Countryfile also explores the wildlife on the park, the return of Windsor's vineyards after a gap of more than 900 years, and Matt Baker looks at the challenge the Queen has faced to make this 1,000-year-old estate environmentally fit to face the future.

56 minutes

Last on

Tue 5 Jun 2018 00:45

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    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

    Song For Bob

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Role Contributor
Presenter Matt Baker
Presenter Adam Henson
Presenter Anita Rani
Presenter Sean Fletcher
Presenter John Craven
Executive Producer William Lyons
Series Producer Joanna Brame

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