You Can Now Wander Queen Elizabeth's Private Windsor Castle Gardens

Lawrence Kim
August 8, 2020

(PA Images) The garden used to be allotments for Elizabeth and Margaret.

On Saturday August 8, Windsor Castle's formal East Terrace Gardens will open to us commoners for the first time in decades.

People sit on benches outside of Windsor Castle, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease, in Windsor.

Visitors to the castle, where the queen spent the last few months during Britain's lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic before travelling to Scotland, will be able to tour the garden, created in the 1820s, on weekends during August and September.

A royal garden kept private for 40 years will be reopening as Windsor Castle welcomes visitors back to the palace.

It's a stunning expanse of greenery: overlooking Windsor's east facade, it has 3,500 rose bushes that surround its central, lotus-shaped fountain.

Not only is the garden visually captivating, it also has a rich history.

The East Terrace Garden was created by George IV in the 1820s.

The original objective of the new addition was to improve the view from the royal apartments along the castle's east side and replace a bowling green made for Charles II in the 1670s.

George IV sought total privacy there, but public access was granted by his brother, William IV, and continued throughout the 19th century.

King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra held large garden parties there each summer.

The RCT adds: "Regrettably, the East Terrace Garden is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs".

During World War Two the garden was completely dug up in order to plant vegetables, Williams said.

Mr Williams told BBC Breakfast: "Queen Victoria had a great affection for it because her husband Prince Albert took part in laying out the design for it".

These flowerbeds were redesigned in the 70s by Prince Philip, who also ordered the bronze fountain to be placed there, according to the Royal Collection Trust.

Other photos shared by the Trust showed the East Terrace steps, as seen in a past portrait of the Queen with her Corgis and Dorgis, and a shot of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shortly after tying the knot in May 2018.

However, today, the Queen announced she will allow visitors to wander the East Terrace Gardens of Windsor Castle in August while she's summering at Balmoral. There, you can have a picnic on the lawn or climb up the Castle motte of this notable spot, rumored to have been the setting for Geoffrey Chaucer's The Knight's Tale, the first story from his The Canterbury Tales.

For more information, head to the Royal Collection Trust's website.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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