Angelina Jolie reveals the lessons of Queen Elizabeth that she's teaching her children

Angelia Jolie is a big fan of Queen Elizabeth.

The 42-year-old actress appears in the upcoming ITV special The Queen's Green Planet, in which she visits Namibia with her six children to highlight forest conservation. In the documentary, Jolie says she's imparting lessons about caring about the future to her kids -- Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and twins Vivienne and Knox -- and learning from the Queen herself.

"'This is why it’s important to plant a tree,’ that’s the biggest message I can teach my kids, and it’s something that they’ve certainly learned from Her Majesty and her message,” Jolie says, according to People. “They ask me, ‘Why is it so important to her?’ You know when you sit up at night in a tent with your kids and they say, ‘Why does the Queen of England care about planting trees in Africa?’”

“What it comes down to is you say to the kids, ‘You know really, you don’t know her, you can’t understand all that it means to be a queen and all that," she continues. "But you try to say, ‘You know she’s just this really lovely lady who really cares about people around the world, and she really cares about the future, and she wants your grandkids and her grandkids to be able to be running around, enjoying nature and other cultures, and the importance of other cultures.’ She thinks that really matters and I agree with her.”

The new documentary focuses on the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy, an initiative that began in 2015 as a network of forest conservation programs throughout the Commonwealth of Nations. It airs in the U.K. on April 16.

Jolie and Queen Elizabeth have crossed paths before. The queen made the Maleficent actress an honorary dame in London in 2014, in honor of her efforts to raise global awareness of violence against women as the co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, which was established in 2012.

In February, Jolie opened up to former Secretary of State John Kerry about what she hopes her children, her daughters especially, will learn from her 17 years of working with refugees and her co-founding the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative.

"I tell my daughters, ‘What sets you apart is what you are willing to do for others. Anyone can put on a dress and makeup. It’s your mind that will define you,'" Jolie said in the interview for Elle. "'Find out who you are, what you think, and what you stand for. And fight for others to have those same freedoms. A life of service is worth living.'"

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(L-R) Angelina Jolie, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, and Loung Ung attend the 2018 National Board of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Angelina Jolie, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, and Loung Ung attend the 2018 National Board of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white) Angelina Jolie attends the 2018 National Board Of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: (L-R) Angelina Jolie, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt and Loung Ung attend the 2018 National Board Of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Angelina Jolie, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, and Loung Ung attend the 2018 The National Board Of Review Annual Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Angelina Jolie attend the 2018 National Board Of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: (L-R) Angelina Jolie, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, and Loung Ung attend the 2018 National Board Of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Actress/filmmaker Angelina Jolie, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, human-rights activist Loung Ung and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt are seen arriving at the 2018 National Board of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Angelina Jolie, Zahara Jolie-Pitt and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt arrive to the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: (L-R) Angelina Jolie, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt attend the 2018 National Board Of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Angelina Jolie, Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt arrives at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Pax Jolie-Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the Netflix Golden Globes after party at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Netflix)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: 75th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actor/director Angelina Jolie (L) and Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt arrive to the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Maddox Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Pax Jolie-Pitt arrive to the DGA Theater for the New York premiere of 'First They Killed My Father' on September 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Maddox Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Pax Jolie-Pitt arrive to the 'First They Killed My Father' afterparty at Jams on September 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
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