Thursday Apr 08, 2021
Queen Elizabeth delighted people as she made a big announcement about her royal residence in London, allowing public to picnic on the Buckingham Palace lawn.
The Palace, which remained closed for general public last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will welcome visitors this summer with a first-time opportunity.
The Royal Collection Trust announced on Wednesday that for the first time ever the public will be allowed to picnic on the Buckingham Palace lawn.
The visitors can also explore a self-guided route through the gardens and around the 3.5-acre lake. The Rose Garden, summer house and wildflower meadow can also be viewed through one of the guided tours that will run each day.
The spacious 39-acre garden dates back to the 1820s, when King George IV turned Buckingham House into a palace. Despite its urban location, it is home to an array of flora and fauna, including rare native plants seldom seen in London.
The palace, which traditionally opens to the public during the summer months, is a rich biodiverse habitat, with more than 1,000 trees, the National Collection of Mulberry Trees and 320 different wildflowers and grasses. The gardens' summer opening will run from July 9 to September 19.
Visitors, according to reports, can also experience the Queen's garden in springtime on weekends in April and May with guided tours to view the primroses, bluebells, flowering camellia, magnolia and azalea shrubs in bloom.