Inside Frogmore House where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are holding their wedding reception

It was also the location of Harry and Meghan's official engagement shoot.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle / Frogmore House
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For Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding, 600 people were invited to the service at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, and then to a lunchtime reception at St George's Hall given by the Queen.

The wedding party then shrinks by a third as just 200 evening guests have been invited to a private reception at Frogmore House, which will be given by Harry's father Prince Charles.

So, where is this venue exactly and why has it been chosen as the epicentre of a very momentous royal occasion?

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Location

Frogmore House is found just half a mile south of Windsor Castle in Windsor Home Park, Berkshire.

Historical background

The house was first built in 1680 by Charles II's architect Hugh May for his nephew. It's peculiar name was given because of the frogs which have always lived in the marshy area, according to the Royal Family's website.

From the early 1700s, the house was leased to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland – a peer and landowner – until Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III, needed a country home for herself and bought the lease in 1792 officially bringing it into the Royal Family. It is actually where Prince Albert Victor (the son of King Edward VIII) was born. Queen Victoria's mother, The Duchess of Kent, lived there too for about 20 years.

In 1923, the Queen's mother and father, King George V and the Queen Mother spent part of their honeymoon there when they were Duke and Duchess of York. The interiors of many parts of the house are influenced by members of the family who resided and visited there at various times.

The Gardens

Originally, the impressive gardens were flat but in the 1790s Queen Charlotte's staff created lakes, mounds, glades, walks and bridges which contributed to the picturesque landscape of the grounds today. Queen Charlotte had a passion for botanics and gardening and introduced more than 4,000 trees and shrubs to the grounds, according to the Royal Collection Trust.

Within the grounds there is also the Mausoleum, where both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are buried.

The royal burial ground is also found at Frogmore, where the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson are buried.

Its meaning to the Queen

Over the years, the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and their family have been photographed and filmed enjoying some time out at Frogmore House. In 1965, on the Queen's 39th birthday, the family – including a baby Prince Edward in a pushchair – were seen strolling around the gardens.

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A few years later, in 1968, they returned:

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In 1974, the family, minus Prince Charles, were seen again walking around the grounds with corgis in toe, admiring the lakes and greenery.

Last year, the Queen said Frogmore House 'holds a special place in my family's affection' and that the area remains a 'wonderfully rela environment' for her and her family.

Relevance to Harry and Meghan

One time we know of for definite, when Harry and Meghan visited, was when their official engagement photos were taken. The couple released their photos just before Christmas last year, and revealed they were taken by Harper's Bazaar regular photographer Alexi Lubomirski at Frogmore House that week.

In the beautiful portraits, the couple shunned the cold December weather to sit on the steps of the house (all while Meghan wore a stunning Ralph & Russo gown).

Can people visit?

Yes, but only on limited days. Frogmore House and Gardens are only open to the public for three days in Spring and a select more in August.


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