Queen offers rare glimpse into Buckingham Palace gardens to mark special week | Royal | News
The Queen‘s social media team marked National Gardening Week by sharing on Twitter a clip and several pictures of the blooming gardens at Buckingham Palace. The Royal Family Twitter account, which represents the Queen, marked the beginning of this celebratory week yesterday evening by publishing a series of tweets.
Shared alongside a brief video providing an overview of the gardens, untouched by visitors for several weeks now because of the nationwide lockdown, the first tweet read: “This week we’re celebrating National Gardening Week, and the enormous benefits nature can have on our wellbeing – particularly during these challenging times.”
The account also published several pictures of splendid flowers taken by the Queen’s Head Gardener, Mark Lane.
Mr Lane, who has been working for the Queen for 28 years, said of the gardens upon sharing the colourful snaps: “Everything looks so fresh and promising… Spring is here.”
Among the pictures shared feature snaps of wisteria, speckled camellias, flowering cherry and bluebells.
The pictures were deeply appreciated by social media users.
Many shared pictures of their own gardens while others revealed they started gardening during the lockdown to relieve stress and anxiety.
One wrote: “I started gardening for the first time this week @ age 33!
“I hoped it would help my mental health & I was right, I feel very at peace now.
“My autistic 9yr old daughter helped plant these beautiful Marigolds today.
“We still have lots more plants left but the weather changed”.
Another said: “Happy gardening week. I hope people are seeing lots of bees.
“I’ve got pollen, but no bees yet. One bee-fly though.”
And a third praised Mr Lane, adding: “I reckon, Mark & his team deserve a pay rise, it’s absolutely beautiful.”
The Queen’s official residence in London is Buckingham Palace.
Part of it, alongside with the gardens, is open to the public between July and October, when the monarch stays at her Scottish home in Balmoral.
The Queen usually spends a few weeks between March and April in Windsor, where she celebrates Easter.
In June, while in Windsor, she also attends the Order of the Garter annual ceremony.
However, the monarch looks set to be remaining at Windsor Castle longer than usual due to the nationwide lockdown.
The Queen arrived at her Berkshire residence on March 19, a few days before Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued the lockdown order.
On the same day, Prince Philip was helicoptered at Windsor from his cottage in Sandringham.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh aren’t the only royals self-isolating at their residences.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William are with their three children at Anmer Hall, in Norfolk.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Prince Edward are with Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn, at Bagshot Park.
Prince Charles and Camilla, travelled to their Scottish home in Birkhall on March 13, after completing their face-to-face royal duties in south England.
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