Charles Spencer prepares to reopen his family’s childhood home with some kind of makeover.
Ahead of the summer season and ahead of the doors reopening to the public later this month, Earl Spencer, 56, has glimpsed preparations at Althorp House in Northampton, where he grew up with the late Princess Diana.
He shared a photo of boxed objects and artwork in one of the property’s reception areas on Althorp House’s official website. Twitter account.
Charles Spencer, 56, has revealed that he is making some changes to his childhood home, Althorp House in Northampton, where he and his siblings grew up
Pictured: Lady Diana with her younger brother as children at Althorp House. Since the death of his father, John Spencer, Earl Spencer has become the custodian of the Althorp estate
Joking that he was ‘keeping things around Althorp House a bit,’ Earl Spencer showed how various works of art are packed in boxes, ready to move from location.
The estate, which has been the seat of the Spencer family since 1508, usually welcomes visitors to the grounds, but has been closed for the past year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But Earl Spencer has kept fans interested by sharing a glimpse of the house and grounds on social media.
The latest message suggests Earl Spencer is looking to the future and preparing to greet visitors once the restrictions are lifted on May 17.
Charles Spencer, pictured, has kept fans interested by sharing a glimpse of Althorp House online during the pandemic
Earl Spencer joked that he was ‘spinning things around a bit’ while sharing a photo of artwork packed in boxes
In March, Charles shared a photo of the grand staircase of the family home and the family portraits on the gallery wall.
At the top of the split staircase are five family portraits, including a painting of Princess Diana, her father John Spencer and his father Albert Spencer, affectionately known as ‘Jack’.
Also pictured is Charles, current Earl Spencer, and central to all of this is his third and current wife Karen Spencer, in a portrait taken in the outfit she wore at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in 2018.
The grand dining room at Althorp House, which was documented on the stately home’s Instagram
Every spring, flowers are prepared and ‘set up’ around the house, in the photo. The house is ready to welcome visitors again after closing hours due to the pandemic
Charles said in the comments that Althorp also has portraits of his other two sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, 65, and Baroness Jane Fellowes, 64.
He added that both his wife and Diana were ‘very beautiful ladies’.
Charles unveiled the portrait of his wife in 2019, saying it portrays Lady Spencer’s ‘beauty and strength’.
The portrait was painted by the Argentinian artist Fabian Perez,
Earl Spencer married Canadian-born Karen Villeneuve in Spencer’s Northamptonshire estate in 2011, after divorcing his second wife Caroline Freud in 2007. He was married to his first wife Victoria Lockwood from 1989 to 1997.
Charles, the only surviving son of Frances Shand Kydd and John Spencer, is Althorp’s legal guardian.
His and Diana’s older brother, John Spencer, died within ten hours of his birth on January 12, 1960.
Charles has been married three times, primarily to Victoria Lockwood, with whom he has Lady Kitty Spencer, 30, twins Lady Eliza Spencer and Lady Amelia Spencer, 28, and Louis Spencer, Viscount Althorp, 26.
Earl Spencer shared a photo of the house’s grand staircase, which featured several portraits. Clockwise from top left: a portrait of Earl Spencer, his wife Karen Spencer, the late Lady Diana, Albert Spencer and John Spencer, the father of Charles and Diana
He also has Edmund Spencer, 17, and Lady Lara Spencer, 15, from second wife Caroline Freud, who was previously married to PR guru Matthew Freud.
With Karen, he has a daughter, Charlotte Diana Spencer, eight.
Althorp House isn’t the only stately home anticipating its return. Several family homes associated with the National Trust are preparing to reopen for the summer.
According to the lockdown roadmap announced by the prime minister in March, exhibitions will be allowed again from May 17, while larger events will not take place until June 21.