The British royal family is beloved by millions upon millions of people from all over the globe, and if you’re one of those millions of people, you’ll likely be familiar with Frogmore.
Frogmore is a name that nowadays is synonymous with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as this was once associated with the cottage where they lived. Located upon the other side of the estate, however, you will find the Frogmore Royal Burial Ground and Mausoleum, which is the final resting place for numerous prominent royals from over the centuries, including Queen Victoria.
Sitting snugly in Windsor Home Park, around half a mile from Windsor Castle sits Frogmore, the grand royal retreat frequented by numerous royals over the years, since 1792. It is here where numerous British royals are buried.
To help you learn more about the rich and storied history of Frogmore, here are a few interesting facts about Frogmore Royal Burial Ground.
1. It Isn’t Far From London
Constructed on the Frogmore estate, the Mausoleum sits on an estate that features Frogmore House, Frogmore Cottage, and Frogmore Gardens.
Interestingly, it isn’t far from London, as it is located just West of London, in a much bigger park which is called Home Park.
If you do fancy a day out here, many parts of Home Park are open to the general public, as it covers a whopping 655 acres. Frogmore Estate, however, isn’t as accessible as it is closed to the general public for many days of the year, though on special occasions it is open.
2. Frogmore Burial Ground Is The Final Resting Place Of Queen Victoria And Prince Albert
There are many prominent members of the monarchy buried here, yet arguably it is Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, who are the most well-known royals to be buried here.
Albert died aged just 42, which understandably shocked his wife, so much so in fact, that she would only wear black for the rest of her life, by way of mourning.
Just 4 days after he died, Victoria commissioned the construction of his final resting place on the 14th of December, 1861.
Victoria died on the 22nd of January, 1901, and was buried next to her husband as it had been her final wish to be buried with him.
3. It Wasn’t Cheap
As you might expect, the Royal Burial Ground of Frogmore was not cheap. It was actually financed privately and cost a lot of money.
The building itself isn’t grand in size by any means, but at the time it cost £200,000. Nowadays, that’s a lot of money, but back then it was the equivalent of over £18 Million. Queen Victoria paid for most of it, along with Edward, the Prince of Wales.
The main reason it was so expensive is that the building materials cost so much money. Portland Stone, Portuguese Marble, Australian Copper, and Sienese Marble were all used, and these cost a pretty penny.
4. There Are Many Other Royals Buried There
As well as Victoria and Albert, other royals buried at Frogmore include the Duke of Windsor, Prince George, the Duke of Kent, Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester, Princess Alice of Gloucester, Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom, Prince Arthur of Connaught, and many more besides.