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Royal Family Opens Buckingham Palace's Garden to Visitors for the 1st Time Since the Pandemic

Monica Otayza
Apr 09, 2021
03:50 P.M.
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The Royal Family finally opens Buckingham Palace's Garden to Visitors for the 1st time since the COVID-19 pandemic – here's what tourists can expect from the reopening.

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Queen Elizabeth's home has been closed since 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, now that the UK's inoculation program is in full spring, they have announced that they are finally welcoming back visitors. 

The Buckingham Palace opens to the public during summertime, but all tours were canceled last year. Now, the palace is preparing the gorgeous palace for visitors. 

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The Royal Collection Trust announced the good news, adding a special bonus for those coming to see the garden. For the first time, visitors will be allowed to have picnics on the lawn and explore a self-guided route around the gardens and its 3.5-acre lake. 

Those who would like to go on even more scenic tours, the rose garden, summer house, and wildflower meadow can be viewed with designated guides. The beautiful Buckingham Palace gardens date back to the 1820s when King George IV turned the place into a palace. 

A screenshot of the Royal Collection Trust's announcement on Instagram Stories | Photo: Instagram.com/royalcollectiontrust

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The garden spans 39-acres, featuring a vast array of plants and flowers. It features a rare native plant collection that is not often seen in London and over 1000 trees, including the National Collection of Mulberry Trees.

The reopenings come after the Queen's annual "Official Birthday Parade" was canceled for the 2nd straight year amid the pandemic.

A screenshot of the announcement of Windsor Castle's reopening | Photo: Instagram.com/royalcollectiontrust

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Fans can now visit the gardens from July 9 to September 19. This April and May, visitors can also see the garden in full bloom through guided tours that show the different floras found in the area. 

In May, guided tours of Buckingham Palace's staterooms will also be available for public booking. More than that, other royal residences such as Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse also plan to open for visitors this spring. 

A screenshot of the trust's Instagram Story on what to expect from the tour | Photo: Instagram.com/royalcollectiontrust

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The garden reopenings come after the Queen's annual "Official Birthday Parade" was canceled for the second straight year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, options are being considered for an alternative parade. 

The reopening of royal palace gardens is a breath of fresh air for both the royals and the public alike, especially after the controversial interview made by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. An insider recently shared that the royals and their staff had mixed emotions over the interview, including shock, sorrow, and anger. 

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