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Frogmore Cottage

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Frogmore Cottage
Frogmore Cottage.jpg
The cottage in 1872[1]
General information
Coordinates51°28′35″N 0°35′53″W / 51.4763°N 0.5980°W / 51.4763; -0.5980
OwnerThe Crown Estate
Listed Building – Grade II
Official nameFrogmore Cottage in Frogmore Grounds
Reference no.1117778[2]

Frogmore Cottage is a historic Grade II listed home on the Frogmore Estate, part of Home Park, Windsor, England. It was built in 1801 at the direction of Queen Charlotte in the gardens near Frogmore House. It is part of the Crown Estate, the monarch's public estate.

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The cottage was originally known as Double Garden Cottage and was listed in Queen Charlotte's 1801 accounts for her garden as having been built for £450 by a Mr Bowen.[3] Queen Victoria had breakfast at the cottage on 28 June 1875 and noted an "immense number of little frogs" which she found "quite disgusting".[4] The cottage has been listed Grade II on the National Heritage List for England since October 1975. The listing provides little of the history: "Early C19 plain 2 storey house with parapet. Centre break with porch. Glazing bar sashes. Stucco faced."[5]


The cottage was a retreat for Queen Charlotte and her unmarried daughters.[6] The theologian Henry James Sr. and his family lived at the cottage in the 1840s.[7] A personal secretary of Queen Victoria's, Abdul Karim, moved to Frogmore Cottage in 1897 with his wife and father.[8][9] Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna in exile from her native Russia after the Russian Revolution stayed there in the 1920s.[10]

In the early 21st century, the cottage was a series of five separate units housing Windsor estate workers.[11] In 2019, the house was converted into a four-bedroom-and-nursery single-family home at a reported cost of £2.4 million from the Sovereign Grant for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex prior to the birth of their son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, in May.[12][13] As a property of a royal palace of state and designated heritage site, Frogmore Cottage was always scheduled to be renovated, regardless of occupant.[14][15] However, after the Duke and Duchess announced in January 2020 that they intended to step down as senior working members of the royal family and move (at least partially) to North America, they "shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage".[16] In September, that sum was reportedly settled in full by the Duke.[17][18]

In November 2020, it was reported that all personal items belonging to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had been removed from the cottage, and that Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank had moved in.[19][20][21] The following month, the cottage was reportedly vacant.[19]


  1. ^ "Frogmore Cottage, Windsor 1860-69". Royal Collection Trust. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Frogmore Cottage in Frogmore Grounds  (Grade II) (1117778)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  3. ^ Jane Roberts, Lady Roberts (1997). Royal Landscape: The Gardens and Parks of Windsor. Yale University Press. p. 227. ISBN 978-0-300-07079-8.
  4. ^ Queen Victoria (25 September 2014). The Letters of Queen Victoria. Cambridge University Press. p. 410. ISBN 978-1-108-07780-4.
  5. ^ Historic England, "Frogmore Cottage in Frogmore Grounds (1117778)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 8 July 2019
  6. ^ Daniel Maudlin (24 July 2015). The Idea of the Cottage in English Architecture, 1760 - 1860. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-317-64315-9.
  7. ^ Jenny Helin; Tor Hernes; Daniel Hjorth; Robin Holt (15 May 2014). The Oxford Handbook of Process Philosophy and Organization Studies. Oxford University Press. p. 213. ISBN 978-0-19-164810-6.
  8. ^ Scientific American: Supplement. Munn and Company. 1897. p. 18255.
  9. ^ Greg King (4 June 2007). Twilight of Splendor: The Court of Queen Victoria During Her Diamond Jubilee Year. John Wiley & Sons. p. 201. ISBN 978-0-470-04439-1.
  10. ^ Toby Faber (4 September 2008). Faberge's Eggs: One Man's Masterpieces and the End of an Empire. Pan Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-71396-3.
  11. ^ "Search for planning applications". Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  12. ^ Sawer, Patrick (3 March 2019). "Duke and Duchess of Sussex to move to Frogmore House and begin family life". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 3 March 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  13. ^ Gonzales, Erica (4 April 2019). "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Officially Moved Out of London". Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  14. ^ "PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE'S HOME RENOVATIONS COST TAXPAYERS £2.4M". The Independent. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  15. ^ Murphy, Victoria (24 June 2019). "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Renovations to Frogmore Cottage Cost $3.05 Million in Public Funds". Town & Country. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Statement from Her Majesty The Queen | The Royal Family". 18 January 2020. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  17. ^ "Prince Harry: Frogmore Cottage renovation cost repaid". BBC News. 7 September 2020. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  18. ^ "Prince Harry and Meghan refund UK taxpayers for home renovation". Reuters. 7 September 2020. Retrieved 9 September 2020.
  19. ^ a b Kayleigh Roberts (December 12, 2020). "Princess Eugenie Reportedly Moved Out of Frogmore Cottage After Just Six Weeks". Marie Claire. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  20. ^ Roberto, Melissa (21 November 2020). "Princess Eugenie moves into Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's Frogmore Cottage: source". Fox News. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  21. ^ Perry, Simon. "Princess Eugenie Moves Into Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Frogmore Cottage Home". People. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
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