Exciting news for any royal fans out there: Frogmore House (not to be confused with Frogmore Cottage), the venue that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle held their wedding reception is, will soon be open to the general public. It's reported that the couple had 200 guests in attendance for the more intimate evening part of their celebrations, and that some notable names in attendance included Serena Williams and Priyanka Chopra.
Frogmore House is currently not open for visits, partly because of the pandemic but also because during a typical year it only allows individual visitors to take a tour on three select summer dates per year, with all the money being donated to charity. The impressive venue would also usually offer pre-arranged tours of fifteen or more people the chance to buy tickets throughout the month of August, too.
Now, Frogmore House has announced it has plans to reopen in the Spring of 2022 - but are yet to offer any more specific dates than that. Currently, the Royal Collection Trust website states that tickets for groups of 15+ cost £12.50 per person, or £35 per person if the ensemble would like a private evening tour.
Situated in the Home Park of Windsor Castle, the gardens at Frogmore House have long been a big draw for royalty and their families since the house was purchased by Queen Charlotte in 1790.
While playing host to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding party, it's thought that Frogmore House was turned into quite the party spot, with a playlist including many of the Prince's favourite house tracks (he's a known Deadmau5 fan), spun on the decks by DJ Sam Totolee (who also played at Pippa Middleton’s wedding).
Tatler also reports that a ginger and rum cocktail was even created, called 'When Harry Met Meghan' and that post DJ Sam Totolee, actor and DJ Idris Elba may have even stepped up to the plate and dropped a few tunes.
Got time for one more anecdote from the special night back on 19 May 2018? According to the book Finding Freedom, which chronicles Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's relationship and subsequent departure from their roles as senior working members of the family, one celebrity even arrived in fancy dress...
Quoting an anonymous source, the book by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durrand says that talk show host (and Gavin and Stacey star) James Corden delighted crowds by appearing in full-on Henry VIII regalia.
Scobie and Durand write, "After all the heartfelt remarks [speeches], the comic relief arrived in the form of The Late, Late Show host, James Corden, who strode into the middle of the tent dressed as Henry VIII. His wife Julia, a friend of Meghan's, recoiled in mock horror."
James then apparently addressed the crowd by saying, "Your Royal Highnesses, ladies and gentlemen, I had no idea what to wear to a royal wedding, so I looked it up in the royal etiquette manual and found this outfit. I hope I've come in the right gear."
The book then adds, "After James wrapped up his act – including a bit about what [having the reception in] a tent said about the size of Windsor Castle – the guests then followed Harry's orders to have a serious party".
So, if you're lucky enough to score tickets to visit Frogmore House next year, please do take a moment to envisage that one all playing out. Won't you?
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