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Highlights of Frogmore House

Frogmore House

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Frogmore House has been a favourite royal retreat for more than 300 years. It became a royal residence in 1792 when it was bought by George III's wife, Queen Charlotte.

The house

Duchess of Kent's Drawing Room

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The interests and talents of several generations of the royal family influenced Frogmore's interior as you see it today. Queen Charlotte's passion for botany is reflected in the decoration of the house. She commissioned the renowned 18th-century flower painter Mary Moser to decorate one of the principal rooms so it resembled an arbour open to the skies. The Cross Gallery was painted with garlands by Princess Elizabeth, the daughter of George III and Queen Charlotte.

For almost 20 years, Frogmore was the home of Queen Victoria's mother, The Duchess of Kent. Works by her and her daughter are on display in the house. Queen Victoria often visited Frogmore during her long widowhood and worked on her papers there. You can also see watercolours by her daughters, the Princess Victoria and Louise in the house.

Your visit ends in 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.

The Garden

Frogmore House Gardens

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The gardens were created in the 1790s by Queen Charlotte's Vice-Chamberlain, Major William Price, and by the Rev. Christopher Alderson of Derbyshire. Before that time the gardens had been flat, with no ornamental water. Price and Alderson created the winding lakes, wooded mounds, glades, walks and bridges in the Picturesque style. The Queen had a passionate interest in botany and introduced over 4,000 trees and shrubs to create a picturesque landscape. 

The historic plantings, including tulip trees and redwoods, provide a rich setting for the garden's seasonal variations. A 18th-century summerhouse in the form of a Gothic ruin is covered in wisteria in teh summer, and a teahouse made for Queen Victoria are both still standing.

Please note that the Royal Mausoleum is not open to visitors as part of any tour.

 

THE ROYAL COLLECTION AT Frogmore House

Mary Moser painting at Frogmore House

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The Mary Moser Room was commissioned by Queen Charlotte to reflect her passion for botany. The renowned flower painter, Mary Moser, was employed to decorate one of the principal spaces in the newly acquired house with botanical works, some on canvas and some painted directly upon the wall. Continuing the floral theme, Queen Mary's Flower Room contains a number of artificial flower arrangements from the 19th-century. Explore the Collection within Frogmore House