An Inside Look at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Reception Venue, Frogmore House

Unlike other royal couples, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be getting married at Westminster Abbey. Instead, they will tie the knot at another royal residence, Frogmore House. Keep reading to learn more about the couple’s royal wedding venue.

King George III bought the house for Queen Charlotte

Frogmore House
The house dates back to 1792. | Gill Hicks/Wikimedia Commons
  • Fun fact: One room is filled with furniture covered in floral upholstery.

The residence dates back to 1792 when King George III bought the home for his wife, Queen Charlotte. As the first member of the royal family to live at Frogmore House, Queen Charlotte created the lake and extensive garden, according to the Royal Collection Trust.

Next: Queen Charlotte added thousands of plants to the home’s grounds.

The gardens are extensive

Queen Charlotte
Queen Charlotte loved greenery. | Wikimedia Commons
  • Fun fact: Frogmore House has 33 acres of private gardens.

Queen Charlotte had more than 4,000 trees and shrubs planted on the grounds. Not only did she love greenery, but she enjoyed flowers. And she even commissioned Mary Moser, an 18th century painter, to decorate a room resembling a garden arbor with a view of the sky.

Next: Frogmore House will host an exclusive reception.

Frogmore House is close to Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle is less than a mile away. | mspoli/iStock/Getty Images
  • Fun fact: Frogmore House got its name from frogs being on the property.

Conveniently for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Frogmore House sits less than a mile from Windsor Castle. And St. George’s Chapel, which is where the couple with have their ceremony, sits on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Guests will attend the ceremony, and then later a select group will attend the reception down the road at Frogmore House, according to Good Housekeeping.

Next: Prince Harry took Meghan Markle to Frogmore House on a date.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle picnic at Frogmore House

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
There are some perfect secluded spots. | Oli Scarff-WPA Pool/Getty Images
  • Fun fact: George IV and the queen mother spent their honeymoon at Frogmore House in 1923.

When they first started dating, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle held picnics at Frogmore House to stay away from the press. Among the gardens at Frogmore House, there are secluded areas perfect for a private picnic.

Next: Royal advisers denied the couple’s first choice of a wedding venue.

Frogmore House is not ‘practical’ as a wedding venue

St. George's Chapel
The wedding will be at St. George’s Chapel. | Immanuel Giel/Wikimedia Commons
  • Fun fact: St. George’s Chapel holds 800 people.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s advisers didn’t approve of their choice of Frogmore House as their wedding venue, according to Vogue. Their aids told them to pick another more “practical” location. The couple compromised by deciding to hold their wedding at St. George’s Chapel and the reception at Frogmore House.

Next: Frogmore House plays an important role in the couple’s engagement.

The couple took their engagement portraits at Frogmore House

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle engagment photo
They posed for the shot at Frogmore House. | Kensington Royal via Instagram
  • Fun fact: Capturing the couple’s engagement portraits marks the first engagement photo shoot for Alexi Lubomirski.

At the end of 2017, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry hire celebrity and fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski to photograph their engagement portraits. The couple took their portraits at Frogmore House sitting on the house’s steps.

Next: Frogmore House is open to the public for a matter of days.

The public has limited access to Frogmore House

Frogmore House
The property is open for a limited time. | Karen Roe/Wikimedia Commons
  • Fun fact: Queen Elizabeth II walks her dogs at Frogmore House, according to The Telegraph.

The royal property is only open for a limited time, according to the Royal Collection Trust. The public doesn’t know much about Frogmore House compared to other royal properties. Visitors can view the house and the gardens but not the royal mausoleum.

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