It's beginning to look a lot like spring at Buckingham Palace. The royal family has shared an exclusive peek inside the grounds of the Queen's London residence on Instagram to mark the spring equinox, showing the pretty daffodils and other flowers that are starting to blossom outside.
"The first signs of spring at Buckingham Palace. Daffodils, roses, bluebells, and more plants yet to bloom. Buckingham Palace Gardens open to the public every year. 30,000 guests attend garden parties each year," the caption read.
The royal family have shared a look around the gardens at Buckingham Palace
The gardens at Buckingham Palace have 40 acres of perfectly-manicured lawns – four times the size of Wembley Stadium. The grounds provide a habitat for an array of wildlife and feature some unusual trees, including Himalayan Cedar and an Indian Bean Tree.
The Queen previously gave David Attenborough a tour of the gardens while filming their ITV documentary, The Queen's Green Planet, and asked staff to make a change in the grounds after he made an amusing observation – that their sundial was positioned in the shade.
Buckingham Palace will open to the public in July
The Blue Planet host joked about the sundial as he took a stroll through the palace gardens with the monarch, joking that it had been "neatly planted in the shade", prompting the Queen to ask her head gardener: "Hadn't we thought of that? It wasn't in the shade originally, I'm sure. Maybe we could move it."
The beautiful gardens will once again open to the public in July, as part of the Summer Opening at Buckingham Palace. As well as walking through the grounds at the back of the palace, visitors can also walk through 19 of the state rooms inside, to see where the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh host official functions and state banquets throughout the year. In 2018, visitors also got to see an exhibition dedicated to Prince Charles in his 70th birthday year, however the exhibition for 2019 is yet to be announced.
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