For the first time, visitors to Buckingham Palace will have access to the palace garden and its lawns to picnic all summer. An unprecedented decision of the Queen who wishes to offer a space of tranquility in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis.
Since Friday, July 9, and until the end of the summer, the gardens and lawns of Buckingham Palace will be open to the public, and even to picnics! An unprecedented decision in 70 years of reign, says the Washington Post.
It is the Queen herself who is behind this initiative. Elizabeth II wanted to offer Londoners and tourists in the British capital, a calm and relaxing space in the face of this “miserable year” marked by Covid-19.
However, access to this royal green haven is not free: 16.5 pounds or about 20 €. This is probably enough to compensate a little for the losses linked to the temporary closure of visits inside the palace, due to the pandemic.
The opening of Her Majesty’s gardens is nevertheless subject to some restrictions and prohibitions. Pets and knives are not allowed, as well as alcohol, which will have to be replaced by tea or non-alcoholic drinks. “These are ‘sober picnics,'” said Sarah Davis, media relations manager for the Royal Collection Trust.
For those hoping to catch a glimpse of royalty or other VIPs, the famous garden parties held by the royal family every summer on the Palace lawns have been cancelled again this year.