Alan Titchmarsh’s close bond with the Queen as TV gardening star pays tribute

Love Your Garden star Alan Titchmarsh has paid a beautiful tribute to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, describing time spent with her as "the greatest privilege."

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, died yesterday (September 8, 2022) at the age of 96 years old.

The TV gardener shared a photograph of himself with Queen Elizabeth II on his Instagram page, which showed them planting a tree together at an event.

In the photograph, The Queen could be seen smiling as she looked off into the distance, besides Alan who was smiling back at her.

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He captioned the beautiful tribute: "The greatest privilege – planting a tree with HM Queen Elizabeth II. Unforgettable memories. Rest in peace Ma'am."

Members of the public also paid tribute to the monarch in the comments section, with one saying: "A huge loss for us all."

A second added: "What an amazing privilege and memory for you," while a third commented: "An enduring inspiration to us all."

"An amazing lady," said a fourth.

A fifth also paid tribute, saying: "Beautiful picture of our beautiful Queen. RIP."

Alan Titchmarsh and The Queen met each other many times throughout the monarch's reign, with the two forming a close bond.

They first met when Alan presented TV coverage of The Chelsea Flower show, where he had designed a "country kitchen", with the gardener sharing memories of his many meetings with The Queen in the years since – including being honoured with an MBE in 2000.

Following The Queen's death yesterday (September 8, 2022) at the age of 96 years old, Alan has paid further tributes to The Queen and shared his memories of time spent with the monarch.

Reflecting on time spent with The Queen, Alan shared memories of his meetings with the monarch with BBC Gardeners World, saying: "I had the pleasure of sitting next to her at lunch on a couple of occasions and found her conversation to be relaxed, surprisingly opinionated and well laced with humour."

He also recalled a sweet moment in 2014 when The Queen told Alan that she was reading his book, The Queens Houses, which included information about Sandringham.

Alan said that the Queen paid him a beautiful compliment, saying: "I’m reading about Sandringham. I didn’t know all that. Fascinating."

Speaking about the moment, he said: "I blush to repeat the compliment, but it perfectly illustrates The Queen’s kindness and her willingness to put everyone she met at ease."

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