The Queen meets 'cheeky duck' as she visits Edinburgh city farm

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent

The Queen visited a city farm in Edinburgh where she met volunteers and was joined on a tour by a "cheeky duck who thinks she's a human".

The monarch, 93, took a walk with the duck named Olive during a tour of Gorgie City Farm.

The four-year-old duck appeared to break royal protocol as she waddled in front of the Queen but the monarch isn’t a stickler for the rules.

Her Majesty spoke to volunteers, staff and community groups who use the farm during her visit, including farm worker Maia Gordon.

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The Queen with keeper Maia Gordon and Olive the duck. [Photo: Getty]

Ms Gordon, 25, said: "It's a once in a lifetime opportunity and a bizarre moment.

"I never thought I'd be meeting the Queen and walking a duck with her but it was brilliant, lots and lots of fun.

"She asked me a little bit about how long Olive had been here, how old she was and she asked me a little bit about my day-to-day job, which was lovely.

"She seemed really interested in the farm and everything that we do."

Her Majesty seemed amused. [Photo: PA]

Ms Gordon also revealed that Olive once made it on to a bus and had to be escorted back to the farm by the rather confused driver.

Gorgie City Farm was saved from closure in 2016 after an urgent appeal raised £100,000. The Queen also learned about development plans for the site during the engagement.

Her Majesty has spent the past week carrying out engagement in Scotlands, including attending the Ceremony of the Keys and a garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and a visit to Greenfaulds High School in Glasgow.

Next week, the Queen will undertake a day of engagements in Cambridge.