Frogmore House and the Royal Baby
As an avid royalist, I was excited for today’s announcement of the name of the new royal baby. Archie Harrison and his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have made their new home at Frogmore Cottage on the grounds of the Frogmore Estate in Windsor Great Park (where Windsor Castle is located). Built in 1801 and very recently renovated, other notable people who have made Frogmore Cottage their home are Abdul Karim, the secretary and “munshi” of Queen Victoria (think the movie “Victoria & Abdul”) and a Grand Duchess of Russia who escaped the Russian Revolution.
While the public obviously can’t visit the Sussexes’ home, you can get an exclusive tour of the 17th century Frogmore House and Gardens. More on that in a moment; let’s talk a little about the house first. In 1792, King George III purchased Frogmore as a countryside home for his wife, Queen Charlotte, and their daughters. The Queen enjoyed simple and remote settings, away from the public eye, so in 1801, she built Frogmore House, currently used as a home for the Sussexes.
In 1840, Queen Victoria gave Frogmore House to her mother, the Duchess of Kent. After her mother’s death, Victoria frequently visited the house, enjoying it as a place of peace and quiet, and used it as the setting for intimate family functions. In the 20th century, Queen Mary, wife of King George V and grandmother to Queen Elizabeth II, redecorated Frogmore with souvenirs and mementos of the royal family, treating it as a kind of royal museum. Continuing in that tradition, in 1997, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, remodeled one of the rooms to contain sentimental items from the decommissioned Royal Yacht Britannia. Most recently, in 2018, Frogmore House was used for the wedding reception of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
You can join the ranks of the few members of the public who have toured Frogmore House and Gardens. They are only open on three Charity Days (usually in May) per year. Tickets must be booked at the Royal Collection Trust’s website. So what are you waiting for? Go and get your tickets now! Frogmore is one of only three British royal residences that I haven’t been to, but if I ever visit the UK in May, I’m definitely reserving a place a on the tour!