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; -0.5980Coordinates: 51°28′35″N 0°35′53″W / 51.4763°N 0.5980°W / 51.4763; -0.5980
Current tenantsThe Duke, Duchess of Sussex, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor
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 house in the grounds at Frogmore House built in 1801 at the direction of Queen Charlotte on the Frogmore Estate, part of Home Park, Windsor, England. A part of the Crown Estate, when they are in the United Kingdom, it is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.


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 of Russia in exile from her native Russia 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 from the Sovereign Grant of £2.4 million. As a property of a royal palace of state and designated heritage site, Frogmore Cottage was always scheduled to be renovated, regardless of occupant, something also confirmed by the Keeper of the Privy Purse Michael Stevens.[12][13] The Duke and Duchess of Sussex later announced they would repay Sovereign Grant expenditure, while it is to remain their family home.[14] The couple, who in 2018 had their wedding reception at nearby Frogmore House, moved from Nottingham Cottage to Frogmore Cottage in 2019, before the birth of their first child, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.[15][16]


  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. ^ "PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE'S HOME RENOVATIONS COST TAXPAYERS £2.4M". The Independent. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "Statement from Her Majesty The Queen | The Royal Family". 18 January 2020. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ Gonzales, Erica (4 April 2019). "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Officially Moved Out of London". Retrieved 26 April 2019.