The Queen will reopen Buckingham Palace to visitors this month

Buckingham Palace has been closed to the public since last summer

BRAEMAR, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the 2017 Braemar Highland Gathering at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park on September 2, 2017 in Braemar, Scotland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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The Queen’s official residence is finally reopening to the public after almost a year-long closure. 

Buckingham Palace will welcome visitors into its spacious outdoor grounds from April 17, where they will be free to wander around its 39-acre gardens at their own pace. This marks the first time royal fans will be permitted to roam the property alone, with previous visits carefully led by a designated tour guide. 

The Queen’s gardens boast an array of beautiful features, including wildflower meadows, plane trees planted by Queen Victoria, and a 3.5-acre lake buzzing with honeybees. Bordered by 156 meters of herbs, the tranquil green space is the ultimate nature oasis from London’s busy streets. 

Guests will also be allowed to crack open a picnic basket on one of the many lawns and enjoy a bite to eat in their plush surroundings, a privilege that was formerly only granted during the Royal Jubilee in 2012. Dining al fresco in Her Majesty’s backyard has historically been forbidden, with its grassy areas fenced off to deter peckish tourists.

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If that’s not enough to scratch your royal itch, don’t worry – the indoors of Buckingham Palace will reopen to the public on May 21. 

Tours of the State Rooms will be run on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until June 20, and will set you back £60 for one adult ticket. The tour includes an exploration of the rooms used to host official royal engagements, including the Ballroom, the Green Drawing Room, the Throne Room, White Drawing Room, Music Room, Blue Drawing Room, East Gallery, and Bow Room. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

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