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England

Frogmore House

  • Built / Designed For: Rebuilt for Queen Charlotte

    House & Family History: In 1792 Queen Charlotte, consort of George III, commissioned James Wyatt to transform the 17th century house at Frogmore to "furnish me with fresh amusements every day." The Duchess of Kent, Queen Victoria's mother, was living in the House by 1841 and spent lavishly to redecorate it in lilac and chintz. Queen Victoria was fond of Frogmore and often "worked her boxes" in the garden there. Frogmore shot into the fame stratosphere when Prince Harry and Megan Markle hosted their evening wedding reception at the House on May 19, 2018. After their wedding the queen gave Harry and Meghan the use of nearby Frogmore Cottage as their home.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The Teahouse, also called the Queen's Tea Room, was built in the 1850s and is still used today by the royal family (see photo in "Images" section). The Mausoleum at Frogmore contains the remains of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria and is open to the public, together with the grounds, on a limited basis.

  • Architect: Hugh May

    Date: 1680
    Designed: House for Thomas May (the architect's nephew)
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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    Architect: James Wyatt

    Date: 1793-95
    Designed: Rebuilt 17th century house for Queen Charlotte

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    Architect: James Wyatt

    Date: 1803-12
    Designed: Enlarged House with wings

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  • Title: Architectural Digest: The International Magazine of Fine Interior Design
    Author: NA
    Year Published: NA
    Reference: Jan 2003, pg. 96
    Publisher: New York: The Conde Nast Publications
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Magazine

    Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pgs. 648, 1117
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade I

  • "A History of Britain" (2000 - TV documentary series, the mausoleum was used for filming).
  • Past Seat / Home of: Thomas May, 17th century. Queen Charlotte (wife of George III), 18th century. Duchess of Kent, mid-19th century. Queen Victoria, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha family, 19th century. Queen Mary (consort of George V), 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: The Crown / Royal Family

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

  • House Open to Public: Limited Access

    Phone: 02073-212-233

    Fax: 02079-309-625

    Email: information@royalcollection.org.uk

    Website: https://www.rct.uk/

    Historic Houses Member: No