Queen Elizabeth II made a huge announcement on Wednesday when it was revealed that the Buckingham Palace gardens will welcome members of the public from July to September this year.
The Royal Collection Trust released a statement obtained by Fox News saying that guests will be allowed to do a “self-guided garden tour for the first time.”
“Visitors will be free to explore a route through the garden that encompasses the 156-metre Herbaceous Border, plane trees planted by and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and views of the island and its beehives across the 3.5-acre lake,” the statement read.
“The unique opportunity to enjoy a picnic on one of the sweeping lawns will be part of the visit. Features in the south-west of the garden, including the Rose Garden, summer house and wildflower meadow, can be viewed through one of the guided tours that will run each day,” it added.
On weekends in April and May, visitors will have the opportunity to take special guided tours to learn about the history of the gardens. The garden houses a “remarkable array of flora and fauna,” including rare native plants despite its location in an urbanized part of London. It also showcases 320 different types of wildflowers and grasses, as well as over 1,000 trees.
The statement goes on to say that there will also be more guided tours from May to September of Buckingham Palace itself.
“Visitors will see many of the Palace’s magnificent State Rooms, furnished with some of the greatest treasures of the Royal Collection including paintings by Benjamin West and Franz Xaver Winterhalter, exquisite Sèvres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world,” the Trust stated. “From July, access to the garden will be included in the visit.”
People Magazine reported that visitors will also be able to go to Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse over the summer months.
Last summer, tours of Buckingham Palace were cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fact that they are starting up again shows that the world is well on its way to getting back to normal.