Inside Princess Diana’s childhood mansion worth £922,000 – ‘happiest time of her life’


PRINCESS DIANA would have celebrated her 61st birthday on Friday if she were still alive. Where did the late Princess of Wales grow up?

What is it like inside?

The South Drawing Room was where the family hosted guests.

From the official Althorpe House Instagram page, royal fans can see some portraits on the walls.

Princess Diana's childhood home - Althorp House

Princess Diana’s childhood home – Althorp House (Image: GETTY / Mirrorpix)

The drawing room inside Althorp House

The drawing room inside Althorp House (Image: GETTY)

Earl Spencer (Diana's father) working at his desk in Althorp

Earl Spencer (Diana’s father) working at his desk in Althorp (Image: GETTY)

The lounges featured colourful sofas

The lounges featured colourful sofas (Image: GETTY)

There is a picture of Lady Georgina Spencer as a child, better known as the Duchess of Devonshire portrayed by Kiera Knightly in the film ‘The Duchess’.

The King William bedroom, decorated in blues and yellows, was reportedly Diana’s favourite place to sleep when she returned to visit Althorp after she was married.

Having inherited Althorp House, her brother, Lord Charles Spencer, now resides there with his family.

Charles Spencer often shares glimpses inside Althorp on social media for royal fans to enjoy.

He posted about the library on his Instagram account, calling it his favourite room in the house.

It featured wooden floors with three large rugs, cream walls with shelves of books, and red armchairs and sofas. There were also several chandeliers.

A photo of Earl Charles Spencer in the library in 1990 revealed a photo of Princess Diana on his desk.

There was a grand hallway at the entrance of Althorp House with a large staircase, wooden bannisters and chandeliers, and gold paintings on the walls.

The grand marble floors can be seen here

The grand marble floors can be seen here (Image: GETTY)

Althorp features a very grand staircase

Althorp features a very grand staircase (Image: GETTY)

Earl Charles Spencer inherited Althorp after his father died

Earl Charles Spencer inherited Althorp after his father died (Image: GETTY)

The Wootton Hall took its name from the artist John Wootton, whose works were on the walls.

It featured Italian marble flooring, where Princess Diana would famously practice her tap dancing.

Althorp House also had its own billiard room, complete with a large pool table.

It was decorated with blue walls and a gold and cream ceiling, with several photos hanging on the walls.

The grand stately home was in Diana’s family for over five centuries, as 20 generations have lived there.

Her aristocratic bloodline even traces back to George Washington.

Diana’s ancestor, Sir John Spencer who grazed sheep in the village, bought the land in 1508 and built Althorp House using funds from his sheep-farming business.

The sale was estimated to be worth around £800 at the time, which is around £922,000 in today’s money.

The 90-room house covers 550 acres.


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