THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON TOUR: FROGMORE HOUSE


Victoria here. I was very excited to visit Frogmore House. I had been to visit the Royal Mausoleum some years ago but the house itself had been closed. Now we were lucky to be among the privileged few who could book a tour, rarely available.

Frogmore House, about a mile from Windsor Castle in the Home Park, was built in the 17th century and updated many times. It has provided a private retreat for the royals since the late 18th c. days of Queen Charlotte and George III.  Queen Victoria's mother, the Duchess of Kent (1786-1861), lived here as her country residence until her death. [Unless otherwise indicated, the photos are all by Victoria or Kristine.]

Arriving at Frogmore 



The Frogmore House website is here


The Sunny Colonnade

The Drawing Room
 Photo: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015


Mary Moser Room
 Photo: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Queen Charlotte (1744-1818) invited prominent artist Mary Moser, RA (1744-1819), to decorate the room with her floral designs.  Below, a closer view of a panel.

Mary Moser
 Photo: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015


Floral Painting by Mary Moser, RA
 Photo: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Our intrepid group


Another view of the group








Ken takes a break

After our tour of the interior, we wandered around the grounds, with a lovely lake, several follies, and nearby though closed to visitors, two mausoleums (mausolea?), one for Queen Victoria's mother and the other for Victoria and her adored Albert.



The grounds are a lovely combination of natural and manicured landscapes.



Royal Mausoleum (Victoria and Albert)

Mausoleum, last resting place of Victoria, Duchess of Kent, mother of the Queen



Looking back at Frogmore House...wonder if I could borrow it for a few weeks? Certainly the Queen  would be welcome to visit and walk her dogs here while I was in residence. I could invite you to visit.




steps to the mausoleum where Duchess of Kent is buried


Another glimpse of the Royal Mausoleum, last resting place of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert


looks like a blue heron to me



I love this young horse. I couldn't find the name of the sculptor,
though I suspect it is the work of Heather Jansch



Tynwald Rose, bearing the label: Presented to HM Queen Elizabeth II to mark the occasion of Her Diamond Jubilee from the People of the Isle of Man June 2012


Card with picture of Frogmore House in 1819



All of us on the Duke of Wellington Tour agreed that Frogmore was delightful and a house where one could be comfortable , with a minimum of gilt and palace pomp. No wonder Queen Charlotte and her daughters loved it, as have many generations of Royals.