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Windsor Castle East Terrace Garden is preparing to open for the first time in more than 40 years

A royal revelation! Windsor Castle’s East Terrace Garden, featuring 3,500 rose bushes and a fountain designed by Prince Philip, opens to the public for the first time in more than 40 years

  • Windsor Castle will open its East Terrace Garden to the public for the first time in more than 40 years
  • The garden, created in the 1820s, contains 3,500 rose bushes planted around a central fountain
  • The site is usually closed because it is feared that a large number of visitors will not fit on the site
  • This year, the Covid-19 crisis means that far fewer people are coming to visit

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Windsor Castle will open its East Terrace Garden to the public for the first time in more than 40 years.

Visitors to the castle, where the Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, were imprisoned for months before traveling to Scotland this week, can explore the garden from Saturday on the weekends of August and September.

The garden was created in the 1820s and has 3,500 rose bushes planted around a central fountain.

Blooming Beautiful: Windsor Castle opens its East Terrace Garden to the public for the first time in more than 40 years

Blooming Beautiful: Windsor Castle opens its East Terrace Garden to the public for the first time in more than 40 years

Royal paradise: The garden was initially laid out to create a pleasant view from the royal apartments along the east facade

Royal paradise: The garden was initially laid out to create a pleasant view from the royal apartments along the east facade

Royal paradise: The garden was initially laid out to create a pleasant view from the royal apartments along the east facade

Final touches: a gardener prunes the roses of Windsor Castle's East Terrace Garden, which opens to the public on Saturdays

Final touches: a gardener prunes the roses of Windsor Castle's East Terrace Garden, which opens to the public on Saturdays

Final touches: a gardener prunes the roses of Windsor Castle’s East Terrace Garden, which opens to the public on Saturdays

The garden has been kept closed because caretakers feared that the area would not be able to accommodate the large number of visitors usually seen. This year, however, the Covid-19 crisis means far fewer people are making the journey.

The garden was initially planted to create a pleasant view from the royal apartments along the eastern facade of the castle.

The first garden created here was created in 1824 during the reign of George IV. But before that, in the Middle Ages, it would have been the defensive moat, ” said Richard Williams, curator of learning at Windsor Castle.

‘To protect the castle walls, Charles II created this terrace on which we stand in the 17th century and he also laid pétanque lawns because he really loved bowling.’

Simple yet eye-catching, the garden was created in the 1820s and features 3,500 rose bushes planted around a central fountain

Simple yet eye-catching, the garden was created in the 1820s and features 3,500 rose bushes planted around a central fountain

Simple yet eye-catching, the garden was created in the 1820s and features 3,500 rose bushes planted around a central fountain

Steeped in royal history: in the Middle Ages, before the area became a garden, it is said to have been the defensive moat

Steeped in royal history: in the Middle Ages, before the area became a garden, it is said to have been the defensive moat

Steeped in royal history: in the Middle Ages, before the area became a garden, it is said to have been the defensive moat

Favorite hobby: Charles II built pétanque lawns in the 17th century because he really liked bowling

Favorite hobby: Charles II built pétanque lawns in the 17th century because he really liked bowling

Favorite hobby: Charles II built pétanque lawns in the 17th century because he really liked bowling

Philip's creation: The Duke of Edinburgh ordered the bronze lotus fountain, pictured, based on his own design

Philip's creation: The Duke of Edinburgh ordered the bronze lotus fountain, pictured, based on his own design

Philip’s creation: The Duke of Edinburgh ordered the bronze lotus fountain, pictured, based on his own design

The gardens were radically renovated later in the 19th century by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

During the Second World War, the garden was completely excavated to plant vegetables.

Mr Williams said: “There were two separate lots set aside for the young Princess Elizabeth and her sister, Princess Margaret. They grew sweetcorn and tomatoes, including beans, I think, all as part of the war effort – they did their part. ‘

The current appearance of the garden is the brainchild of the Duke of Edinburgh. In 1971, he redesigned the flower beds and commissioned the bronze lotus fountain for the center of the garden based on his own design.

Visitors can explore the garden and enjoy views of the surrounding Windsor park from the terraces.

Thoughtful Design: The garden's current appearance is the brainchild of the Duke of Edinburgh

Thoughtful Design: The garden's current appearance is the brainchild of the Duke of Edinburgh

Thoughtful Design: The garden’s current appearance is the brainchild of the Duke of Edinburgh

Subtle Changes: In 1971 the Duke of Edinburgh redesigned the flower beds and installed the fountain to create the look

Subtle Changes: In 1971 the Duke of Edinburgh redesigned the flower beds and installed the fountain to create the look

Subtle Changes: In 1971 the Duke of Edinburgh redesigned the flower beds and installed the fountain to create the look

In full bloom: Some of the thousands of flowers that will be available to viewers to see in the East Terrace Garden

In full bloom: Some of the thousands of flowers that will be available to viewers to see in the East Terrace Garden

In full bloom: Some of the thousands of flowers that will be available to viewers to see in the East Terrace Garden

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