Princess Diana’s brother on quest to restore Althorp Estate, her final resting place
As a boy, Charles Spencer would visit his grandparents at Althorp Estate, his eyes wide and his hands glued to his side.
With its galleries and gardens, Spencer found the 500-year-old place to be “rather overpowering.” Even arriving at the front door meant a 10-minute drive from the entrance gate to the house itself. “It was very much a different world,” he says.
And inside, where hundreds of priceless antiques and family heirlooms decorated rooms with ornate decor, it felt both grandiose and fragile.
Spencer — godson of Her Majesty the Queen and the little boy in a family with three sisters — remembers going outside to play and being told not to break anything on the way.
“So we didn’t,” he says.
Today, as the 9th Earl Spencer, he is now lord and caretaker of that estate. He inherited it from his father in 1992, when he was just 27 years old.
During the past two decades, he has dedicated himself to beautifying and restoring his family’s ancestral seat in Northamptonshire, England, which is the final resting place of his sister Diana, Princess of Wales.
Althorp House in Northamptonshire, England, which is the final resting place of Diana, Princess of Wales. (Photo: Copyright: Althorp House)
“It goes back to the theme of authenticity, really,” Spencer says. “Getting to the soul of the place…and respecting it and building on it.”
Source: tennessean com
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