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The border ripples with colour and texture, brimming with all manner of flowers – from stately delphiniums and romantic phloxes to warm-coloured daylilies (Hemerocallis) – while the dark green backdrop of trees and shrubs creates a perfect foil.
The Herbaceous Border is impactful due to the diversity of plants and their dramatic juxtapositions, rippling with colour and texture and brimming with all manner of flowers
A swan at Buckingham Palace
8. ONE’S SWANS
Autumn brings a rich bounty of colourful berries, a vital food source for birds during winter, and they’re particularly loved by song and mistle thrushes, blackbirds and visiting redwings and fieldfares.
In an average year, the garden plays host to more than 50 different types of bird, of which about 30 are resident.
Among the nesting species are wrens, dunnocks, robins, blackbirds and thrushes; visiting birds include green and great spotted woodpeckers, treecreepers and sedge warblers.
The lake is a magnet for water birds and forms part of their ‘London circuit’.
Geese, ducks, swans, herons and cormorants come and go between Regent’s Park, Kensington Gardens and St James’s Park. Overall, there is a higher concentration of birds in Buckingham Palace Garden than in many other parts of London.
The southern part of the garden is known as The Mound
9. HEAVENLY HILL
In the southern part of the garden, an area known as The Mound is awash with daffodils, bluebells and other bulbs including spring starflowers.
This spot is said to have originated in the early 19th century, when William IV ordered his gardeners to bring in material to create a mound, to block out the view of the new Royal Mews. Today, it provides precious privacy for the garden.
HER MAJESTY’S MENAGERIE
Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III, adored animals and in her time the garden was home to many unusual creatures, not just cows and goats.
In 1762 she ordered the veg patch to be transformed into a paddock for ‘the Queen’s animals’.
Among them were a female zebra and an elephant. Elsewhere there were aviaries filled with unusual birds, and two monkey houses.
Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III, adored animals and in her time the garden was home to many unusual creatures, not just cows and goats. In 1762 she ordered the veg patch to be transformed into a paddock for ‘the Queen’s animals’. Among them were a female zebra and an elephant. Elsewhere there were aviaries filled with unusual birds, and two monkey houses
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A very stylish send-off: The Palace garden also served as a helipad after William and Kate’s big day – now a new documentary reveals the reason why she almost didn’t make it to the Abbey on time
Kate Middleton and Prince William leave Buckingham Palace before departing on their honeymoon
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The sun was shining for the most important Royal Wedding of our age. On that day, 29 April, 2011, London was showing her pomp and finery to the world. The streets were thronged with well-wishers hoping to catch a glimpse of Kate Middleton – who would begin the day a commoner and end it as a future queen – on her way to Westminster Abbey.