You Can Sip Champagne at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Wedding Reception Venue, Frogmore House
After saying their vows at St. George’s Chapel and gathering for a lunchtime reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth inside Windsor Castle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex continued their wedding celebrations on May 19, 2018 with an evening bash. After an outfit change – which saw Harry in a black suit and bow tie while Meghan switched into a halter gown with an open back by Stella McCartney – the newlyweds memorably drove off in a blue Jaguar to Frogmore House, located half a mile south of Windsor Castle.
Now, the royal residence that hosted the wedding bash and the gardens surrounding Frogmore House are opening to the public for just three days next month. (And it’s on the same estate as the couple’s new home, Frogmore Cottage, which is just a 10-minute walk from their reception venue.)
Frogmore House and Garden will be open on May 28, 29 and 30 – each day raising money for a different charity: the National Garden Scheme, the British Heart Foundation and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. Tickets, which cost less than $10, can be purchased through the organizations’ websites.
Can’t make it in May? Gather up some friends and head over this summer – groups of 15 or more can book tours in August. Tour groups will learn about the house’s royal history and past residents – plus, the viewing concludes with a glass of champagne in the Colonnade Room, complete with a scenic overlook of the lake and garden.
Frogmore House was originally built during the 17th century, but it became a royal residence in 1792 when it was bought by George III’s wife, Queen Charlotte. For the past 300 years, members of the royal family have enjoyed the country escape for its beautiful landscape.
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Those visiting Frogmore House won’t be far away from Meghan and Harry themselves, who recently moved to Windsor Castle’s Frogmore Cottage as they prepare for the arrival of their first child.
With its lush gardens, green fields and serene lake, the grounds of Windsor offer endless acres to roam with the couple’s two dogs and new baby.
“It has the most amazing mulberry walk, where we would pick mulberries for Prince Philip‘s mulberry gin,” says a former palace staffer. “And when the Queen is there on a Sunday afternoon, it is a five-minute walk up the hill for tea with Granny. It is gorgeous.”
The cottage is also just a short walk to the charming High Street, where local vendors sell everything from fresh flowers to baby clothes, while beef from the specialized pedigree Sussex herd that grazes nearby is available from the farm shop in the opposite direction.