The Queen’s House: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II owns many royal residences such as Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, but there is one she has never even lived in.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has an extensive portfolio of royal residences across the UK, including the 775 bedrooms Buckingham Palace and her “Heaven in the Highlands”, Balmoral Castle, so the monarch never runs out of a place to stay, but there is a royal house she has never lived in.
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Frogmore House has been a royal residence since 1792, but is currently unoccupied. Her Majesty never chose to live in the property because, while in Windsor, the Queen resides in her own castle, which is the largest occupied castle in the world!
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Frogmore House takes its name from the abundance of frogs that inhabit the marshes around the grounds. It also houses the Royal Mausoleum where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are buried.
Now it is used as a public attraction and the doors will reopen in 2022 for visitors to admire the decadent interiors and incredible gardens. However, the interior of the house, which is full of precious art and antiques, is kept secret as photographs are prohibited.
Frogmore House is within the grounds of Windsor Castle
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The residence has hosted important royal occasions over the years, such as the wedding reception for Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly, and then Prince harry and Meghan markle.
The queen never lived at the royal residence
Frogmore Cottage, which is located on the same estate, was granted by the Queen to be the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. After extensive renovations, the couple moved into the Queen’s Windsor Estate home in April 2019, shortly before their son. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born.
They kept the property as a base in the UK after their decision to step down from royal duties and move to the United States in 2020, and they allowed Prince Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie to reside there for the moment. Eugenie lives there with her husband Jack Brooksbank and their baby boy, August, born in February 2021.
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