World Queen opens Buckingham Palace gardens to public
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Green fingered enthusiasts will be able to freely roam the gardens of London's historicthis summer, as Queen Elizabeth II allows self-guided tours of the grounds for the first time in the palace's history.
The 39-acre gardens of the palace -- which is theofficial London residence -- will allow paying visitors to tour the garden and picnic on its "sweeping lawns" from July to September.
Britain's Prince Philip dies at age 99
As the longest-serving consort, Prince Philip supported his wife, Queen Elizabeth, throughout the transformation of a once-global British Empire."His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle," the royal family announced. "Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.
Access to some areas of the garden have previously been included as part of guided tours to Buckingham Palace, but visitors will now be able to explore a much larger area, the Royal Collection Trust told CNN Thursday.
Members of the public will be able to enjoy rare flora and fauna and meadows "carpeted with primroses and bluebells... flowering camellia, magnolia and azalea shrubs and trees," said the Royal Collection Trust in a press release.
The current landscape design dates back to the 1820s when, on King George IV's instruction, Buckingham House first became a palace, said the Royal Collection Trust.
History of the site dates back to the the reign of James I, who was thought to have reared silkworms there. The building itself was originally built in 1705 as a large home before being expanded into a palace.
Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband and closest confidant and advisor, dies at 99
The Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, was the undisputed master of the British royal household for more than seven decades. Philip was known equally as a curmudgeon and a charmer who could quickly put nervous guests at ease with an easy (and sometimes outrageous) one-liner. Courtiers, his own children and the queen herself backed down under the quick flash of his temper, and guests at Buckingham Palace were expected to stay up to speed with his lively intellect and encyclopedic command of facts or were hastily dismissed as not worth the duke’s time.
It features a collection of Mulberry trees and a range of "rare native plants seldom seen in London," including a 156-meter Herbaceous Border, and trees planted by, and named after, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Views of a large lake and of the palace beehives can also be taken in on self-guided tours.
Meanwhile, guided garden tours will offer access to the south west garden, which features a summer house, rose garden and wildflower meadow.
In line with the easing of some coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England, guided tours will also be offered inside Buckingham Palace itself between May and September.
These tours, the Royal Collection Trust said, will give visitors access to the palace's "magnificent" rooms, which have been furnished with "some of the greatest treasures of the Royal Collection" including "the finest English and French furniture in the world" and "exquisite" porcelain and artworks.
Consorts, past and future, in Britain’s changing monarchy
LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip was the longest serving royal consort in British history by more than a decade when he died Friday at 99. It was a role he assumed in 1952 when his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, ascended to the throne after the sudden death of her father King George VI. In Britain, the husband or wife of the monarch is known as the consort, a position that carries immense prestige but has no constitutional role. Here are some of the other royal consorts, past and future.QUEEN ELIZABETH, THE QUEEN MOTHERThe mother of the current queen came to be known affectionately in Britain as The Queen Mum.
For those unable to visit Buckingham Palace in person, online guides will also be streamed live from Buckingham Palace over the summer, as well as Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, dead at 99 .
Prince Philip, the lifelong companion of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, has died, Buckingham Palace announced Friday. He was 99. In a statement, the palace said: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss. The death of the duke comes after a period of poor health.