Princess Diana’s Legacy Lives On Through Althorp:
“You’ll not be judged for your title as much as for your service and help you so willingly give to others.” ©Natalie Keshing
It was evident that Princess Diana had this deep emotional connection with people all around the world. She understood their pain and suffering. She grew up in a fairy tale castle and there was so much space only to feel and be alone. Her nimiety of an opulent upbringing would have a lot less to do with the compassionate person she became and remained. The spurious and pretentious never affected the authenticity Diana shared so openly. It is a wonderful thing when you meet someone who is very real.
The grounds of Althorp look clean and pristine circling the lovely behemoth manor Diana Spencer grew up in. It was part of the privileged life Diana Spencer was born into.
There is very little left to the imagination of those who through the 500 years collected priceless art and portraits of the castle’s ancestral legacy. In each portrait there is a story behind the smile or stoic face. The portraits of many left behind now as a memory of the lives once lived all part of this magnificent castle called Althorp.
Althorp goes back 500 years ago. In the Spencer family there was Diana and brother Charles Spencer who is the 9th Earl in the family. It is tradition that the Earl men in the family own and live in the Castle.
As we all eventually came to see, Diana Spencer would eventually come to live in another Castle and begin a life as the Princess of Whales when she wed Prince Charles on July 29, 1981. After years in the public eye and a difficult divorce from Charles, she died tragically in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997. It was the death of the people’s Princess.
Just recently Charles Spencer and his wife the Countess Karen Spencer are opening their doors to the 500 year-old mansion. The view of the beautiful castle and a world-class art collection is among the 100,000 square feet with 31 bedrooms and 88 fireplaces.
Charles and Karen Spencer’s purpose is to raise funds for Whole Child International, the charity started by Countess Karen Spencer, American wife of Diana’s brother, Earl Charles Spencer.
To Charles the memories of Diana are still so fresh. He often remembers Diana tap dancing in the castle. Charles talked about Winston Churchill, Mandela and Gorbachev who have all stayed in the Castle.
The Countess Karen Spencer explained that the proceeds from Althorp go to the charities dear to her heart, in particular to children’s orphanages. Retraining staff and hiring enough to bond and work with the children on a one to one basis; daily. The results are amazing for the children’s growth and confidence.