The garden at Buckingham Palace, as well as Windsor Castle, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse will reopen starting in May of this year

Buckingham Palace has become synonymous with the British royal family as a whole; and while much of the city, like most of the world, has been closed in response to the pandemic, it appears that certain well-loved attractions are starting to come back to life.

The Royal Collection Trust has this week announced that Buckingham Palace will be reopening to the public after being forced to close due to the ongoing pandemic. The garden, Windsor Castle, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse are set to welcome visitors from May to September of this year.

Royal watchers will also be keen to note that the grounds of Queen Elizabeth’s official London residence will also be opening to the public (for the first time), allowing visitors to explore through a self-guided tour.

According to a press release from the Royal Collection Trust, visitors will be free to explore a specific route through the garden than includes the 156-metre Herbaceous Border, plane trees planted by and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, as well as views of the island and the garden beehives across the 3.5-acre lake. The best part? Guests will also be invited to enjoy a picnic on one of the lawns as included in the visit. Talk about a bucket-list experience.

The self-guided tours will be offered as soon as July and are set to run every day of the week. Buckingham Palace and Windsor will open slightly sooner, with special guided tours becoming available as soon as May.

Good news for those of us who aren’t planning to travel: a programme of “live online events” are also available, which will include tours streamed live from Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse that will be led by royal experts and historians.

Interested in finding out more about the online experience or keen to book in-person tickets? Be sure to check out the official Royal Collection Trust website.

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