The view of the East Terrace Garden from the roof of Windsor Castle
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Weekend visitors to Windsor Castle can enjoy the East Terrace Garden as part of a visit to the Castle until Sunday, 5 September.

Last summer, the Garden opened to the public for the first time in 40 years.

The East Terrace Garden was first designed for George IV by the architect Sir Jeffry Wyatville between 1824 and 1826, to provide a pleasant view from the King’s new suite of royal apartments along the east front of the Castle. It was created on the site of an old bowling green made for Charles II in the 1670s.

During the Second World War, Her Majesty The Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) and her sister, Princess Margaret, were each assigned a small plot in which to cultivate vegetables. After the War, the planting scheme was simplified into the pattern of formal rose beds seen today.

A bronze lotus fountain based on a design by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh in the centre of the East Terrace Garden at Windsor Castle
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

In 1971 His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh redesigned the flowerbeds and commissioned a new bronze lotus fountain based on his own design for the centre of garden.

A bronze lotus fountain based on a design by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh in the centre of the East Terrace Garden at Windsor Castle
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The East Terrace Garden at Windsor Castle will open to the public on weekends from Saturday, 24 July until Sunday, 5 September.

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