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Frogmore Cottage is ready for a new arrival! Right on time, the property is ready for the Prince Harry and Meghan – AKA the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – to move in, and we have the very first pictures of the renovated property in Windsor.
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It surely won’t be long now before there’s another new resident – baby Sussex!
Frogmore Cottage – the first pictures of the new renovation
People magazine have been sharing pictures of the revitalised Frogmore on Twitter. It looks like its been given a fresh coat of paint, for starters. The windows also seem to have had a refresh, though they have kept their distinctive black-and-white frames.
And here’s what it looked like before, in case you were wondering…
The Telegraph reported in 2018 that ‘The couple will move to the Grade II-listed Frogmore Cottage, on the Windsor Estate, early next year as they prepare for the arrival of their first child in the Spring.’
It was widely expected that this would be in March, and right on time, the work to transform the rooms from staff quarters to a 10-bedroom family home have been completed. It’s perfect timing for the couple, who are expecting their first child in early April.
A spokesperson told the paper, ‘Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate. The Duke and Duchess’s office will continue to be based at Kensington Palace.’
What housewarming gift did the Queen give Meghan and Harry?
What did you get when you moved into your home. A card? A bottle of fizz? A pot plant? But that just won’t do if you’re Queen Elizabeth II and you’re picking out a gift for your grandson. So when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle move into their new home Frogmore Cottage in March, as is widely reported, they will be receiving a very special housewarming present from Her Majesty.
According to Vanity Fair, Meghan and Harry have been told they can choose artwork from the Queen’s private collection to hang in their new home. ‘Meghan and Harry have been told they can choose some artwork for Frogmore Cottage,’ says the publication’s source. ‘They have been presented with a list of paintings that would be available to them and they are making up their minds as to what they would like.’
This won’t be an easy task. The Royal Collection, as it’s officially know, is one of the largest private art collections in the world. Largely been formed since the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, it’s made up of hundreds of thousands of pieces – from paintings and drawings to ceramics, textiles and furniture.
Highlights of the collection include 600 drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci, more than 100 works by Canaletto, and a few Michelangelos. And then there are the more recent acquisitions from renowned sculptor Anish Kapoor, illustrator Quentin Blake and photographer David Bailey.
And they thought choosing the wallpaper was difficult! Still, we’re sure the money-can’t buy gift will be especially appreciated by house-proud Meghan, as she puts the finishing touches to what are sure to be breathtaking looks.
What art did Prince Harry buy for Meghan when they first started dating?
Luckily, Prince Harry, at least, is a bit of an art fan. It’s reported he splurged thousands of pounds on a diptych of painting called Everybody Needs Somebody To Love as an early gift to Meghan. The artist, Van Donna, was understandably thrilled!
You can buy your own art by Van Donna at Walton Fine Arts.
We wonder what works Harry’s paintings might be hanging alongside, very soon?