Princess Diana’s brother on quest to restore Althorp Estate, her final resting place

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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.

Lady Diana Spencer with her brother Charles (Earl Spencer) in Viscount Althorp, at their home in Berkshire, U.K., Photo (C) CENTRAL PERESS GETTY IMAGES
Lady Diana Spencer with her brother Charles (Earl Spencer) in Viscount Althorp, at their home in Berkshire, U.K., Photo (C) CENTRAL PERESS GETTY IMAGES

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.

William and Harry walk behind Diana’s coffin with Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Earl Spencer
William and Harry walk behind Diana’s coffin with Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Earl Spencer

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.

Diana entering the cathedral with her father Earl Spencer
Diana entering the cathedral with her father Earl Spencer

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)  
Althorp House in Northamptonshire, England, which is the final resting place of Diana, Princess of Wales. (Photo: Copyright: Althorp House)

Althorp House in Northamptonshire, England, which is the final resting place of Diana, Princess of Wales. (Photo: Copyright: Althorp House)

This week, he will be in Nashville as the keynote presenter at the 28th annual Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville. He will talk about his restoration efforts and discuss this year’s focus — A Sense of Place — and what it means to him.

“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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