Frogmore House and Gardens
Frogmore House has been royal residence since it was bought for Queen Charlotte by her husband George III. The 33-acres of private gardens are part of Home Park which adjoins Windsor Castle and includes the Royal Burial Ground, the Royal Mausoleum of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and the mausoleum for and the mausoleum for The Duchess of Kent, Queen Victoria’s mother. It was a favorite escape for Queen Victoria and continues to be a popular location for royal events and special occasions.
Frogmore House is in the news now because it has been chosen as the evening wedding reception venue for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to be hosted by Prince Charles. It is also where Harry and Meghan had their engagement photos taken.
While Frogmore House is private, it is open for three three days in the spring when all proceeds are donated to charity. It is also open to pre-booked groups of 15 people or more during August. It looks like reservations for spring 2018 are no longer available so enjoy this virtual tour and make plans to visit next year.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry engagement photo taken at Frogmore House. The house was named because of the abundance of frogs on the marshy property.
A summerhouse in the form of a Gothic ruin designed by James Wyatt.
The Queen and her family at Frogmore in 1968.
The staircase hall.
The Duchess of Kent’s Drawing Room.
The Queen’s eldest grandson, Peter Phillips, and Autumn Kelly held their reception at Frogmore House in 2008.
The Duchess of Kent’s Sitting Room is used as a sitting and writing room.
The Black Museum room takes its name from the collection of 19th-century black papier-maché and laquered pieces assembled by Queen Mary.
The Mary Moser Room was commissioned by Queen Charlotte in the mid-1790’s from renown flower painter Mary Moser to look like an open arbor.
The Mary Moser Room
The Mary Moser Room
The Charlotte Closet contains drawings in their original frames by Princess Charlotte’s daughter, the Princess Royal, from 1792-1795.
The Charlotte Closet
The Green Pavilion in 1817.
The Colonnade from The Green Pavilion.
The Colonnade was an open loggia until Queen Charlotte had it enclosed by French windows and other royals.
The Colonnade contains plaster casts of Queen Victoria’s nine children.
One room I couldn’t find any photos of is The Britannia Room which is furnished with a selection of items from the Royal Yacht Britannia. When the much-loved vessel was decommissioned in 1997, The Duke of Edinburgh arranged for the items to be moved to Frogmore House. This might be a photo of it since it used to be The Duchess of Kent’s Dining Room but I’m not sure. If anyone has a photo, please let me know.
The Queen Victoria Teahouse built in 1870 by James Wyatt.
Queen Victoria in front of the teahouse where she often took tea and worked.
“The Mausoleum of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert stands on the west side of the gardens at Frogmore House. The Queen and Prince had long planned to have a mausoleum, and within four days of Prince Albert’s death in December 1861 The Queen had chosen a site.”
“Queen Victoria directed that as much as possible of the painting and sculpture inside should be in the manner of Raphael, who The Prince regarded has regarded as the greatest artist of all time.
Queen Victoria regularly visited the Mausoleum, and an annual service was held there on 14 December, the date of Albert’s death. When The Queen died in January 1901 her body was placed there alongside that of her husband.”
Frogmore House and Gardens.
Photos from Frogmore House and AD.