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Frogmore Gardens and House Visit

Although not regularly open to the public, I had the opportunity to visit the gardens and interior of Frogmore House through an Open Garden event which benefited the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Apparently these Open Garden visits are organised several times a year by different charities. A great concept and an opportunity for the Association to discuss their work and goals with the public as well as raise funds through sales of merchandise. The event was well-attended and we were glad we had got there early to avoid the long queues.

Frogmore House was purchased by Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III, as a daytime retreat for her and her daughters, in 1792. Her eldest daughter, Princess Augusta, inherited it upon the death of her mother and later the Duchess of Kent, Queen Victoria's mother, used the house and grounds as a country retreat. In subsequent years, many members of the Royal Family enjoyed the property and grounds as a home and retreat, as well as a honeymoon location. More recently there has been more mentions about Frogmore in the media because of Frogmore Cottage, a separate property located nearby, which is the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the United Kingdom.

There are several different structures on the grounds such as the gothic ruin (first row, left), the Royal Mausoleum (second row, left), Queen Victoria's Tea House (second row, middle), and the Indian Kiosk (second row, right), which were a delight to explore. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are buried in the Royal Mausoleum are the Duchess of Kent has her own mausoleum above the lake (not pictured). The additional, optional, entrance to the House allowed us to tour the rooms restored to how they were during the Duchess of Kent's time, although the Green Pavilion looks at it did in Queen Charlotte's time. It's definitely worth a visit should you have the opportunity!

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