Decorating & Design

June 29, 2018

This Traditional English Library Has Ties To The Royal Family

At the recent wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the Spencer clan were front and center. Princess Diana’s sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, gave an emotional reading, but the best-known Spencer (after Diana) is her younger brother Charles, lord of the family’s ancestral home, Althorp. Since 1508, Althorp has housed 19 generations of British nobility. But despite its grandeur and history, for Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer, the 13,000-acre Northamptonshire estate is above all a family home.

Among Althorp’s 90 rooms, Earl Spencer’s favorite spot to unwind is the family’s traditional sitting room, the library. Here he takes us on an intimate tour and shares memories of life inside the historic home of one of England’s grandest families.

Author: Wendy Jacob

John Robertson