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15 August 2019Frogmore House and the Savill Garden
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Frogmore House and the Savill Garden
Thursday 15 August 2019

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Built in the 17th century, Frogmore became royal property when it was purchased for George III's wife, Queen Charlotte.   It's no longer an occupied royal residence, but is frequently used by the Royal Family for private entertaining.

The interests and talents of several generations of the royal family influenced Frogmore's interior. In particular, Queen Charlotte's passion for botany is reflected in the decoration of the house. She commissioned Mary Mosser, the renowned 18th-century flower painter, to decorate one of Frogmore's principal rooms to resemble an arbour open to the skies. Frogmore was home to Victoria, Duchess of Kent for almost 20 years, and works by her and her daughter Queen Victoria are on display in the house.

Our Guided Tour ends in the Britannia Room, where, following the decommissioning of the Royal Yacht in 1997, The Duke of Edinburgh arranged a selection of items to reflect the interior of the much-loved vessel.

We will then go to the Savill Garden a short drive away.  The Garden was created in the 1930s and is one of Britain’s greatest ornamental gardens,   a natural haven of 35 acres of beautifully designed interconnecting gardens and woodland.  There is a large café and restaurant and time for lunch and to explore the gardens, before leaving at about 4pm to drive back to Beckenham.

Tickets £46 includes coach, entrance and guided tour of Frogmore and morning coffee in the Savill Gardens restaurant.  Tickets will be on sale at the June lecture and ticket sales close on July 1st.

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Banner Illustration:  Canaletto The Porta Portello Padua, Open access image Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington