This is the first time in 40 years that outsiders are able to take in the magnificent landscaping.

By Nashia Baker
August 18, 2020
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Windsor Castle's East Terrace Garden with people walking past the flowers and fountain
Credit: Getty / Steve Parsons - PA Images

After 40 years, loyal followers of the royal family will finally be able to get closer to them than ever before—particularly to Queen Elizabeth and her home's beautiful landscaping. According to House Beautiful, one of the lush gardens at the Queen's private residence, the Windsor Castle East Terrace Garden, is now open to the public for the first time in about four decades. The garden is known for its 3,500-plus rose bushes and yew domes that surround a bronze lotus fountain, notes the Royal Collection Trust, which debuted the news of public opening of the Queen's official residences.

The Windsor Castle East Terrace Garden also offers an eye-catching view of the Windsor parkland and the castle's east façade. Originally created in the 1820s for King George IV, the garden included plants, like orange trees, and statues that you can still find on the property.

This royal space has been the spot where a number of traditions dating back to the 19th century took place. In this garden, a band played every year on New Year's morning. King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra also used this space to host garden parties in the 20th century during the summers.

Other big moments that have taken place at the east terrace garden? The official portraits of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, and other members of the royal family all feature the garden as the backdrop. If you would like to see the area for yourself, visitors are allowed to take in the landmark location on the weekends during the months of August and September with tickets to the Windsor Castle.

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