Deck the halls at Althorp! Earl Spencer’s wife shares photos of twinkling Christmas trees and festive wreaths being put up in Princess Diana’s childhood home
- Earl Spencer, 55, has started putting Christmas decorations up at Althorp House
- Wife Karen shared series of festive snaps including wreaths and Christmas trees
- Charles been isolating at 90-room property in Northamptonshire with third wife
Earl Spencer’s wife has shared snaps of twinkling Christmas trees and festive wreaths being put up in Princess Diana’s childhood home in Northamptonshire.
Charles, 55, has been isolating at the 90-room property Althorp House with his third wife, Karen, and their seven-year-old daughter Lady Charlotte Diana Spencer, but it seems the family are officially beginning to get into the festive spirit.
In a series of snaps shared to Karen’s Instagram story, a large lit-up Christmas tree can be seen erected by the grand stairway, while festive wreaths are placed over lampshades and garlands line the banisters.
While the house itself offers plenty of room to roam around, the family also has 550 acres of land to explore.
Charles, 55, has been isolating at Althorp House, with his third wife, Karen, and their seven-year-old daughter Lady Charlotte. Pictured, the couple at Harry and Meghan’s wedding
In a series of snaps shared to Karen’s Instagram story, a large lit-up Christmas tree can be seen erected by the grand stairway
The younger brother of Princess Diana is happily wiling away the hours at Althorp House, the family seat in Northamptonshire, as seen above in an Instagram snap
Earl Spencer inherited the family seat in Northamptonshire on the death of his father in 1992.
Althorp boasts 500 years worth of art and family relics and is the final resting place of Princess Diana.
Earl Spencer has previously said that the 20,000 annual visitors to the estate can be divided into two distinct groups – those who are interested in looking at the house, and others who come to pay their respects to his late sister.
The aristocrat made headlines last year when he revealed he is likely to follow the practice of male primogeniture, a custom in which titles, as well as stately homes, are inherited by the eldest son.
It means Althorp will likely be passed on to drama student Viscount Louis Spencer, 25, rather than to any of his three older daughters.
Elsewhere, festive wreaths are placed over lampshades and garlands line the banisters (pictured)
Charles, Karen, and their seven-year-old daughter Lady Charlotte Diana Spencer, seemed to be getting into the Christmas spirit (pictured)
Earl Spencer has four children with his first wife, Lady Kitty Spencer, Lady Eliza Spencer, Lady Amelia Spencer, Louis Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and two children with his second wife, Edmund Spencer and Lady Lara Spencer.
In April, Charles, who boasts 10,000 followers on Instagram, delighted his fans when he revealed that he had made the kitchens at the Spencer family’s home accessible to help make meals for NHS frontline workers.
Around 250 meals a day were being prepared at Charles’ home by his personal chef Danny Tompkins, who teamed up with the Food4Heroes project.
Together, with a selection of volunteers from the charity, Danny provides a rolling menu, featuring shepherd’s pie, chilli con carne and a vegetarian option.
Sharing a photo on Instagram of the volunteers and the pre-prepared meals, Charles wrote: ‘The kitchen at @althorphouse this lunchtime – with chef @dannytompkinschef leading the team recruited by @food4heroes1 to feed 250 people working with/for the @nhs nearby.
Earl Spencer, the younger brother of Princess Diana , has offered the kitchen at his Northamptonshire home to help make meals for NHS frontline workers. Pictured: Volunteers working in the kitchen
Earl Spencer is a fan of early morning walks on the estate. Last weekend he shared this stunning photo of The Falconry, a grade I-listed building in the Park
One particularly peaceful clip (above) captures the dawn chorus in the arboretum, which contains trees planted by Princess Diana and her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry
‘Every day they come in, work tirelessly, providing delicious food for those fighting COVID-19 on the frontline.’
Speaking to Northampton Chronicle, Charles explained: ‘Frankly the least we could do, in support of Danny and Food4Heroes, is to give them the kitchens at Althorp for their fantastic work.
‘Danny and his team have been working unbelievably hard – all credit to them, and to the exceptionally brave and dedicated people they are helping to feed.’
Danny added: ‘The NHS staff bearing the brunt of this awful virus are absolute heroes and if I can provide them with a hot meal to save them one more task at the end of their shift every day then it’s a job well done.’
Earl Spencer’s posts on Instagram and Twitter show how he passed the time in lockdown with early morning strolls.
On many of the walks he is accompanied by his two new cocker spaniel/patterdale terrier mix puppies, Rufus and Forager, seen above, who seem to have made themselves at home
It is not just the dogs who are keeping the family company. There is a 350-strong herd of rare black fallow deer that call the Park home and share the land with sheep, which have welcomed lambs in recent weeks. Above, Earl Spencer shared this Instagram photo of lambs
One particularly peaceful clip captures the dawn chorus in the arboretum, which contains trees planted by Princess Diana and her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
On many of the walks he is accompanied by his two new cocker spaniel/patterdale terrier mix puppies, Rufus and Forager, who seem to have made themselves at home.
One photo shows Rufus curled up in Earl Spencer’s lap as he edited his latest history book in one of Althorp’s plush and inviting living rooms.
It is not just the dogs who are keeping the family company. There is a 350-strong herd of rare black fallow deer that call the Park home and share the land with sheep and their little lambs.
Posting last week, Earl Spencer wrote: ‘New life appeared in the Park at @althorphouse in the past hour – twice over….’
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