Windsor Castle has been closed for about four months during the coronavirus pandemic. The Queen and Prince Philip were quarantined there. Now, they are at their home, Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Since the Queen is no longer there, Windsor Castle has been reopened to the public. They even shared a little tour on Instagram recently.
The tour was mainly of the gardens, which have now been opened to the public for the first time since the ’70s. The clips and photos show the East Terrace Garden filled with beautiful flowers, bushes, statues, and fountains.
The Windsor Castle gardens are opened for the first time in 40 years
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🌱🥀The East Terrace Garden at Windsor Castle. From Saturday, 8 August, the East Terrace Garden at Windsor Castle, created by George IV in the 1820s, will open to the public at weekends for the first time in 40 years. In the 19th century, Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, took particular interest in the garden’s planting scheme, and in the early 20th century, King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra held large garden parties there each summer. In 1971 The Duke of Edinburgh redesigned the flowerbeds and commissioned a new bronze lotus fountain based on his own design for the centre of garden. Swipe ⬅️ to see The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh pictured in the East Terrace Garden in 1997 by Patrick Lichfield. 🌺The Castle’s Moat Garden beneath the iconic Round Tower, will also open for visitors and young children to join family activities on Thursdays and Fridays in August. This secluded informal garden is thought to date from the reign of Edward III, and it is believed that Geoffrey Chaucer used it as the setting for The Knight’s Tale, the first story from The Canterbury Tales. Head over to @royalcollectiontrust to find out more about The East Terrace Garden and Moat Garden, and how you can visit.
The clips also showed a part of Windsor Castle that has been unseen by the public until now. The clips were captioned, “Visitors to Windsor castle can explore the East Terrace Garden as part of a visit for the first time in more than 40 years. The garden was first designed for George IV in the 1820s.”
It looks so beautiful! The gardens were re-designed by Prince Philip in 1971 and he made sure to add thousands of roses. Perhaps they are the Queen’s favorite flower?
Check out the clips below: