Since July 9, Buckingham Palace opens its doors to tourists and Londoners for a royal picnic in the sun. A way for Queen Elizabeth II to replenish the coffers of the monarchy.
This is a first at Buckingham Palace: the British royal family invites the public to lunch in the gardens of the Queen’s official residence. The British monarch was unable to welcome the public in the castle’s rooms, which are usually open to visitors in the summer, but she agreed to this unprecedented gesture under certain conditions: no alcohol, ball games or barbecues! From July 9 to September, the subjects of Her Majesty can discover the splendor of the green spaces of the palace, for 19 euros (16.50 pounds). Tourists and Britons have access to some areas of the largest private garden in London, five days a week, reports the DailyMail this Friday, July 9.
As part of this exceptional initiative, the British crown also offers products necessary for any good picnic, including blankets, water bottles and cotton towels. This is a way to generate additional revenue, while the pandemic has put a strain on the British monarchy’s finances. This approach is part of a health crisis, which has not spared the United Kingdom, the European country most affected by the Covid-19. In addition to the human toll, the pandemic has cut off the tourist industry and eliminated some significant sources of income for the royal clan.
The Queen prefers Windsor Castle
The opening of Buckingham Gardens to the public was a huge success. So much so that the Royal Collection Trust, in charge of these events, had to provide additional places. Indeed, the mythical Buckingham Palace has a special place in the hearts of lovers of the British crown.
However, Elizabeth II never really liked this castle, her place of residence between 1936 and 1947. Since the death of her husband, Prince Philip, the Queen of England has preferred Windsor Castle, where she spends more and more time. The question even arises of reallocating this building, at the death of the sovereign, in a place of culture and entertainment.
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