A favourite royal retreat for more than 300 years, Frogmore House will be open to the public on 3, 4 and 5 June and 23, 24 and 25 August 2008. The annual summer opening offers visitors the chance to discover the delightful interiors of the house and the beautiful garden setting at the heart of the magnificent private Home Park of Windsor Castle.
Built in the 17th century, Frogmore was purchased for George III’s consort, Queen Charlotte, and has since been a tranquil, country residence of successive monarchs. It is no longer an occupied royal residence, but is frequently used by the Royal Family for private entertaining.
The attractive garden was first laid out in the 1790s with rare and unusual plants, reflecting Queen Charlotte’s passionate interest in botany, and it has undergone many changes since. Several trees were introduced during Queen Victoria’s reign, while the planting schemes incorporate 20th-century additions by Queen Mary and to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
During the summer the historic plantings are at their best. Visitors can enjoy gentle garden walks and views of Queen Victoria’s Tea House, the white-marble Indian Kiosk and 18th-century lake. The wisteria-covered Gothic Ruin, used by Queen Victoria as a breakfast and reading room, is a particular highlight of early summer.
The garden theme is echoed inside the house itself. The Cross Gallery, which spans the entire breadth of the building, was painted with garlands by Princess Elizabeth, daughter of George III and Queen Charlotte. Mary Moser, the renowned 18th-century flower painter and one of the founders of the Royal Academy, decorated another of the rooms to resemble an arbour open to the skies.
Many works by royal artists are on display. There are drawings and fine porcelain painted by Queen Charlotte’s eldest daughter, Princess Charlotte; works by Victoria, Duchess of Kent, who lived at Frogmore for many years, and by her daughter Queen Victoria; and watercolours by Queen Victoria’s daughters, the Princesses Victoria and Louise.
Frogmore House and Garden are open on 3, 4, 5 June (Charity Garden Open Days) 10:00-17:30 (last admission 16:00) and on 23, 24, 25 August 10:00-17:30 (last admission 16:00). For admission details, please visit www.royalcollection.org.uk or telephone 020 7766 7305.
Private tours of Frogmore House for pre-booked coach groups are also available from Wednesday to Saturday in August and September. For information about group visits, please telephone 020 7766 7321 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information and photographs are available from Public Relations and Marketing, the Royal Collection, 020 7839 1377, email@example.com
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