Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Frogmore for the Prince of Wales

May 30, 1902

King Edward VII as placed Frogmore House as the disposal of his son, the Prince of Wales, according to the Marquise de Fontenoy.   The Prince and Princess of Wales  will now have a country home "within easy reach of the capital." 

The Prince and Princess of Wales' children will be "able to spend the hot weather during the London season," at Frogmore, and their parents will be able to come down to Frogmore.

Frogmore House is "one of the most picturesque places in Windsor Park."  It has been redecorated, refurnished "and equipped with all the modern conveniences.

The Marquise describes the house as a "charming abode," stately enough but "dwarfed by the neighborhood of Windsor Castle."

The house was George III's favorite residence.  Queen Victoria's mother, the Duchess of Kent, lived at Frogmore House for many years.  The present king and queen spent the first year of their marriage at Frogmore, and their first son,  Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence, was born at Frogmore.

There were reports that Princess Henry of Battenberg was planning to move into the house, but it has now been confirmed that Frogmore House has been turned over to the Prince and Princess of Wales and their family.

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