While most British royals are entombed at St George's Chapel at Windsor, or Westminster Abbey, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are buried in a specially made mausoleum near London. It is called the Royal Mausoleum and is open to the public at special times of the year. It is located in Windsor which is famous for Windsor Castle - the longest-occupied royal palace that anyone can visit.
The Royal Mausoleum is located on the Frogmore estates at Windsor close to London. It is listed as a Grade I building on the National Heritage List of England. It was built between 1862 and 1871. Frogmore estate is planned to be open to guided tours in the month of August, so if one would like to visit, plans one's UK tour around that month.
What To Know Of The Royal Mausoleum At Frogmore
It was always the plan that Prince Albert and Queen Victoria wanted to be buried together. After Prince Albert's untimely death in 1861, the Mausoleum was built between 1862 and 1871 (the actual construction was completed in 1862 but the decoration was not finished until 1871). He was interred there in 1871 and was followed by his long-reigning wife in 1901.
- Built: Between 1862 and 1871
- Location: Frogmore Estate At Windsor
- Listed: As a Grade I Building On The English National Heritage List
The foundation stone was laid by Victoria and she was accompanied by many of her children. The whole cost of the project was funded by Victoria and Edward, the Prince of Wales from their private funds. It has been described as the finest piece of Victorian funerary architecture in Great Britain.
- Interred: Queen Victoria And Prince Albert
- Addition Monument: Also Has Monuments Two Of Their Daughters Who Died Untimely Deaths In Victoria's Lifetime
Surrounding the Royal Mausoleum is the Royal Burial Ground - a cemetery used but the Royal family. This burial ground was consecrated in 1928 and also lies on the Frogmore estate.
What To Know Of The Frogmore Estate
The Frogmore Estate is located in the Home Park that adjoins Windsor Castle in Berkshire in England. It includes private gardens for the Crown Estate and its somewhat humorous name derives from the last amount of frogs that have always inhabited this marshy area near the River Thames.
Some of the notable things on the estate include:
- The Frogmore House: A Royal Retreat
- The Frogmore Cottage: Built In 1801 at the Direction of Queen Charlotte
- The Royal Mausoleum: With Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
- The Royal Burial Ground: With Various Members of The Royal Family
- The Duchess of Kent's Mausoleum: Queen Victoria's Mother
- The Royal Gardens: Also Grade I Listed
Home Park of Windsor Castle with its gardens of Frogmore House has long been an attraction for British monarchs and their families ever since the house was purchased by George III for his wife Queen Charlotte in 1790.
The Frogmore House was built in the 1680s, although it had been part of the Windsor royal hunting ground ever since the reign of King Henry VIII (the one with 6 wives).
- Royal Hunting Ground: Was Part Of The Windsor Royal Hunting Ground Since The Reign Of King Henry VIII
For the grieving Queen Victoria, the estate became an almost sacred retreat after burying her mother there. Queen Victoria never recovered from the loss of her husband and in her long widowhood, she rarely visited London. Instead, she spent much of her time at Windsor and at Frogmore.
Visiting Frogmore House And The Gardens
Today Frogmore House and the gardens are to be open to the public during August 2022 - although at the time of writing it is only open to pre-booked groups of 15. It will also be open to individuals on three Charity Open Days but these dates (as of April 2022) have still not been announced. All the proceeds from the Charity Open Days are donated to specially selected charities.
- Groups: Open During August 2022
- Open Times: 1 - 26 August (Monday - Friday) 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (Last Admission 4.00 pm)
- Individuals: On Three Unannounced Charity Open Days
Cost For Groups Of 15 or More People:
- House and Garden Guided Tour: £28.50 per person
- The Savill Garden Add On to Visit: £7.50 per person
To see when the estate will be open to the public, keep tabs on the Royal Trust Collection website.
If one is interested in Royal in England, then plan one's trip to England around the massive and pompous upcoming Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II's reign - the first Platinum Jubilee in British history.