Visitors to Buckingham Palace will be able to picnic in its garden and explore the open space on their own for the first time this summer

The traditional summer opening of the palace’s state rooms and thematic exhibition, which normally seats thousands, has been canceled for a second year due to the effects of the pandemic

But self-guided garden tours will be offered from July through September, allowing the paying public to wander the Queen’s 39-acre private site and experience the wildlife-rich oasis in the heart of London

Its landscape dates back to the 1820s, when George IV transformed Buckingham House into a palace, and today it is home to a rich habitat rich in biodiversity, with over 1000 trees and 320 different wildflowers and grasses

The garden is also home to the National Mulberry Collection after Mark Lane, the palace’s chief gardener, was allowed by the Queen to plant a definitive collection of trees in 2000

Visitors will be able to explore a route through the garden which encompasses its 156-meter-long 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 unique opportunity to enjoy a picnic on one of the large lawns will be part of the visit

On weekends in April and May, guided tours of the garden will be offered when the public can enjoy the space open in spring, with its meadows carpeted with primroses and hyacinths, and shrubs and flowering trees of magnolias and azaleas

From May to September, small guided tours of the palace will begin, with many of the palace’s magnificent state rooms furnished with treasures from the royal collection, including paintings by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, porcelain from Sèvres and some of the finest and French furniture in the world

As restrictions ease, the shops of the Royal Collection Trust (RCT) in London will reopen from Monday, while the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the new Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolor exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, Edinburgh, will open from April 26

Windsor Castle and the Masterpieces of Buckingham Palace exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, will welcome visitors from May 17

A spokesperson for RCT said: “The traditional opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace will not take place this year

“We expect social distancing will still be in place this summer and visitor numbers to London will still be low for some time due to uncertainty surrounding domestic and international travel The costs incurred to open the palace to the public in the usual manner would be far greater than the visitor entries and sales revenues one would expect.

“However, we are delighted to offer this year unique access to the Buckingham Palace Garden as an alternative”

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