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Yesterday marked 70 years since Her Majesty ascended the throne after her father King George VI died in his sleep. To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, some of Britain’s most beloved stars looked back on his reign in a brand new documentary released last night. ‘The Queen: 70 Glorious Years’ offers insight into how the UK changed during Elizabeth’s reign – of those who were there. Narrated by Julie Walters, the program reminds viewers how far the UK has come during her reign on the throne.

Contributors included Sir David Attenborough, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Trevor McDonald, Alesha Dixon and Len Goodman.

Sir Trevor, 82, has met the Queen on several occasions during his own impressive career.

Although he first met her in the ’60s, it’s the encounters he’s had with her since that stand out.

He referred to one particular meeting in a 2012 Daily Mail column, recalling Her Majesty’s visit to the ITN studios at Gray’s Inn Road in 2001.

Sir Trevor was among those responsible for showing him around the building.

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Trevor McDonald has always had a good relationship with the Queen. (Image: GETTY)

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Her Majesty’s attire caused a sensation with those who showed her around. (Image: Reuters)

He wrote: “We couldn’t wait to show him the new green screen we newsreaders were sitting against.

“Imagine our dismay, then, when she arrived dressed in an all-green ensemble and faded into the background as she stood in front, almost disappearing from sight altogether.”

Her Majesty traditionally wears bright colors as opposed to more modest outfits. Robert Hardman, her biographer, quoted her in 2012 as saying, “I can never wear beige because no one will know who I am.”

Sir Trevor gushed about the Queen in his column and said that behind her “formal public persona” was a kind and caring woman “on a very practical level”.

His visit to Uganda in 2007 left a lasting impression on the seasoned broadcaster.

The Queen and Trevor McDonald

Trevor was among those responsible for showing Her Majesty around. (Picture: PA)

She arrived in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, just as daylight turned to darkness.

Sir Trevor wrote: “Night falls like a curtain in the tropics. There is no twilight.

“And as she was driven from the airport, Her Majesty peered into the blackness of the African night to see the road lined with dark shapes waving flags.

“’I suddenly realized that all these people had bothered to come over and say hi to me, so I turned on the light in the car so I could wave,’ she told me.

“These small acts of consideration characterize her. We know the Queen has great affection for the Commonwealth – she sees herself as the head of a family of nations.

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The Queen and Trevor McDonald

The Queen is all smiles when she meets Sir Trevor. (Image: GETTY)

“But less well documented is the almost motherly sense of hospitality she invests in the role.”

Sir Trevor noted that ‘convention dictates that you should not divulge the contents of conversations’ with Her Majesty, but added that ‘Palace protocol has become less stuffy’ over the years.

This motherly hospitality was particularly evident when Canadian diplomat Arnold Smith visited London in 1965.

The queen reportedly asked him if he had a place to stay, which he did not.

Sir Trevor wrote: ‘When he said he hadn’t she offered him Marlborough House in Pall Mall.

The Queen and Trevor McDonald

Trevor opened up about Her Majesty’s motherly nature. (Image: GETTY)

‘So Mr Smith obtained a large accommodation through the generosity of the Queen, and Marlborough House has been the seat of the Commonwealth Secretariat ever since.’

Sir Trevor has witnessed calls for the abolition of the monarchy throughout his career and spoke about it in a Telegraph column a decade ago.

He wrote: “Of course, we hear about republicanism and the democratization of the monarchy. But I’ve never seen much evidence of it.

He cited Prince Harry’s visit to Jamaica in 2012 when the Caribbean nation was “talking about becoming a republic”.

Harry received “delighted applause” from the Jamaican audience.

The Queen, Trevor wrote, is “terribly aware” of the relationship between the monarchy and the public.

He said she had done ‘a lot’ to bring the Royal Family into the 21st century and took these things ‘very, very seriously’.

The Queen: 70 Glorious Years is available on BBC iPlayer.