The queen declares war plastic

The Queen has declared war on plastic, banning straws and bottles from the Royal estates.

Buckingham Palace outlined new waste plans and said there was a ‘strong desire to tackle the issue’ at the highest levels of the Royal household.

It is thought that the Queen became personally interested in the problem of plastic after working with Sir David Attenborough on a conservation documentary dealing with wildlife in the Commonwealth.

The pair, who are both 91, were filmed laughing and joking together during the programme which discussed plants to create a network of national forested parks across the 52 countries of the Commonwealth.

The Queen with Sir David Attenborough during an event at Buckingham Palace for The Commonwealth Canopy  CREDIT:  YUI MOK PA 

The new measures include gradually phasing out plastic straws in public cafes and banning them altogether in staff dining rooms.

Internal caterers at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh will now only be allowed to use china plates and glasses, or recyclable paper cups.