The royal mausoleum at Frogmore, Windsor is set to reopen to the public after extensive renovations to reduce further damage from damp. It had previously been declared unstable in 2007.
The campaign to restore the mausoleum has been headed by Conservatives MP Sir Edward Leigh, who told the Telegraph, “I am delighted that Buckingham Palace are ensuring the necessary work is being done to restore this beautiful mausoleum to a state befitting the Queen-Empress who gave her name to the era of Britain’s greatest age of social, cultural, and economic advancement. I hope one day it will be better known, and I am glad to see further substantial restoration will commence shortly.”
The mausoleum was designed by Ludwig Gruner on Queen Victoria’s commission. The two marble effigies were created at the same time so that Victoria would not look older than Albert. The inscription above the entrance reads, “Farewell best loved, here at last I shall rest with thee, with thee in Christ I shall rise again.”
Queen Victoria visited the mausoleum often after Prince Albert’s death, and she was interred there herself after her death in 1901.