Windsor Castle's East Garden Terrace is opening to the public during weekends throughout the summer for the first time in 40 years.
From Saturday 8 August, royal fans can visit the formal garden, which was created by George IV in the 1820s.
The Queen, who has been isolating at Windsor Castle, has invited the public to enjoy her private garden while she spends the summer at Balmoral.
Overlooked by Windsor Castle’s famous east facade, the stunning garden features clipped domes of yew and beds of 3,500 rose bushes planted in a geometric pattern around a central fountain.
Day trippers can explore the garden on weekends in August and September with their tickets to Windsor Castle and will also be able to enjoy the view from its terraces across the surrounding area.
🌱🥀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.
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The East Terrace Garden was first designed for George IV by architect Sir Jeffry Wyatville between 1824 and 1826 to provide a pleasant view from the King’s new suite of royal apartments along the east front of the Castle.
It was also where King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra held large garden parties each summer in the early 20th century.
Most recently, it has served as a backdrop for official portraits of the Queen and other members of the royal family.
Windsor Castle’s Moat Garden, beneath the iconic Round Tower, will also be open for visitors and young children to join family activities on Thursdays and Fridays in August.
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