Secrets of Althorp - The Spencers

(Rochester, New York) -- Althorp, childhood home and final resting place of Princess Diana, is currently the home of Diana’s brother, Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer. Secrets of Althorp - The Spencers, airing Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV, takes viewers into the home of 19 generations of the Spencer dynasty. This special looks at the mansion’s interior and history, providing a fresh perspective on the life of the beloved princess. 

The Spencer dynasty has produced politicians, military heroes, dukes and duchesses and will one day furnish Britain with a king: Diana’s son, Prince William. Noted for their generosity, the Spencers once came to the rescue of a distant cousin fallen on hard times: the great-great-great-grandfather of George Washington. Althorp House has hosted some of the kingdom’s most distinguished guests, and its rooms have witnessed scenes of great celebration, the first earl’s secret wedding to his sweetheart and most recently, the marriage of the current earl, who takes viewers on a personal tour around the noble manor.

Caption: Behind Althorp's silvery façade we reveal its most surprising secret: it’s actually a Tudor redbrick mansion. 
Credit: Courtesy of Pioneer Productions



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