Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s mausoleum is at risk of being lost forever, according to Historic England’s latest heritage at risk register. This register contains nearly 5,000 sites that are most at risk due to neglect, decay or “inappropriate” development.1
The mausoleum is located on the Frogmore estate within the Home Park in Windsor. Prince Albert was first interred there in 1871 after the completion of the mausoleum. He had died in 1861. Queen Victoria joined him there on 5 February 1901.
According to Historic England, the damp problems puts the external and internal historic fabric at risk, including paintings inside. The original drainage for rainwater was poorly designed. It has been undergoing repairs since 2018, which includes replacing the roof and creating a moot. This is expected to be completed in 2023.
However, it will still take several years before the building is dry to accommodate interior work.