I recently had the good fortune of being able to tour a lovely and fascinating home with rich history on a property located in Windsor, England: Frogmore House. The name may sound familiar as its located on the same property where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex currently reside with their son, Archie. They live in Frogmore Cottage.
History of Frogmore
Frogmore has a long history. Its provenance goes back to Henry VIII’s sixteenth century purchase of the 33 acres of marshy, frog riddled land. Frogmore House was initially built in the early 1680s for Charles II’s nephew.
Over the years, many members of the Royal Family have lived at Frogmore House. And although no one lives in the house today, it is still used for functions and special events. The wedding reception for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took place there and the Duke of Edinburgh is known to entertain there, as well.
Unfortunately, no photos are allowed inside Frogmore House, but after entering there is a grand staircase with a very large mural that was rediscovered after being covered up for over 200 years. It had been covered up in 1760 and was left that way until the 1980s, when the house went under restoration and it was revealed once more.
From there, the tour continues up the stairs and through various rooms. It’s interesting because in each room there is a photo of what the room looked like previously in history. The rooms were restored and arranged to look like the image in the photos almost identically.
One fascinating room was Queen Mary’s Black Room. This room was where the Queen kept all of her collectibles. She enjoyed black papier-mache furniture as well as wax and silk flowers.
An other exciting room was the Britannia Room. Furniture from Her Majesty’s Yacht Brittania was selected by the Duke of Edinburgh and brought to Frogmore. The replacement furniture seen on the actual yacht is replicas.
The HMY Brittania has been decommissioned and can be visited by the public. It’s worth seeing as it gives a picture of what life was like onboard for the Royals, guests, and crew. It resides at Ocean Terminal, Leith in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Highlights Of The Frogmore Gardens
The beautifully landscaped gardens at Frogmore were designed and created in the 1790s in the Picturesque style. Prior to the 1790s, the land was flat with no natural bodies of water on site. Lakes, wooded areas, bridges, meadows, and walks were added to the landscape.
The Royal Mausoleum is the burial site of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Also in the area is burial ground where many Royals have been buried including the Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII before abdicating) and his wife, Wallis.
The Duchess of Kent’s Mausoleum is the burial site of Queen Victoria’s mother.
There is also a summerhouse that looks like a Gothic ruin
and Queen Victoria’s Tea House.
How To Visit Frogmore House And The Gardens
The only way to visit Frogmore House is either with a pre-booked group of 15 or more in August or as an individual on any of the three announced charity days each year.
I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about Frogmore House; I highly recommend a visit if you are planning to be in the Windsor area during a time when it’s open for tours. The Savill Garden is also close by and would make for a lovely day out.
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