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Celebrity Homes | Jul 28, 2017
Celebrity Homes: Step Inside Althorp Princess Diana’s Childhood Home
Celebrity Homes Step Inside Althorp Princess Diana's Childhood Home

Celebrity Homes: Step Inside Althorp, Princess Diana’s Childhood Home – The stately 90-room Tudor mansion and sprawling grounds in Northamptonshire are owned by Princess Diana brother, Earl Charles Spencer, and have been in the aristocratic Spencer family for 500 years and 18 generations.

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Located north-west of Northampton, the 13,000-acre estate has been open to day visitors since 1998, a year after Diana died in a car crash in Paris. Diana was interred on a small island on the Althorp’s Oval Lake, which is at the centre of the 13,000-acre estate.

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Earl Charles Spencer and his wife, Countess Karen Spencer (left), give NBC News reporter Cynthia McFadden a tour of the mansion.

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Althorp has been in the Spencer family since the reign of Charles I and boasts a 100,000-square foot mansion, which was built in 1508 and has a world-class collection of art, including pieces by Da Vinci, plus antique furniture and ceramics.

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A white marble tablet, featuring a quote from Earl Charles Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother, in the memorial dedicated to her.

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Every July and August and at select times of the year, day visitors can go on guided tours of the state rooms of the mansion, stroll through the gardens or visit the Stables Block, built by Roger Morris in 1732 in the Anglo-Palladian style, which has a café and exhibition featuring the family’s history. There is no public access to the island.

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Located around 70 miles from London, the mansion has around 30 bedrooms and multiple great dining rooms, including one modelled on the ballroom at Buckingham Palace that can seat more than 100 people for dinner.
A library contains books dating back to the 1800s, there are crystal chandeliers throughout and there is a ceiling decorated with three shades of gold leaf.

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