19 May 2016

In celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday, Penelope Keith, goes behind the scenes of Her Majesty's Royal residences

Penelope meets the people who uphold extraordinary royal titles and appointments, from the Royal Falconer to the Washer of the Sovereign’s hands. It’s a world Penelope knows something about, having been at Her Majesty’s service herself, when she took up the position of High Sheriff for Surrey in 2002. Across the series Penelope heads to four corners of the union:

In England, she visits Windsor Castle, meets the Royal Herb Strewer and travels in style along the Thames, in the Royal row barge with the Queen’s Bargemaster by her side.

In Scotland, Penelope drops in on The Palace of Holyroodhouse and meets the Duke of Argyll, at his family seat, Inveraray Castle.

A trip to Wales sees Penelope retrace Prince Charles’ investiture at Caernarfon Castle and meet The Prince of Wales’ royal harpist.

And finally, at Her Majesty’s official residence in Northern Ireland, Hillsborough Castle, Penelope celebrates the Queen’s 90th birthday with a royal gun salute.