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Friday, 5 August 2011

A Visit To Althorp

My disappointment in not being able to get in to Buckingham Palace (tickets were sold out by four in the afternoon) to see the Duchess of Cornwall's wedding dress made me write this post. It led me to realize that two years on, I have not done any posts about it except for an album on Facebook.

We went there in the middle of summer in 2009. The Estate is every princess' paradise. Althorp house has been home to the Spencer family for nearly 500 years. Once inside, you will be amazed by the magnificent interiors, antiques and the floor to ceiling collection of books in the library. Unfortunately, photos are prohibited.

Included in the tour is the exhibition Diana: A Celebration which is a collection of items right from her childhood up to her wedding to Prince Charles and her life as a princess. It showcased her very famous wedding dress and her countless designer outfits that has graced the pages of magazines. Fortunately, I was able to discreetly take photos of these wonderful outfits and the wedding dress itself.

Below is the path going to the Round Oval or The Island in the middle of a lake where Princess Diana was laid to rest.
 The Island

the side of the house

The old stables which is now where the exhibit and the souvenir shops are.

 Lord Spencer (Diana's brother) was there and I was lucky enough to see him in the flesh. He looks just like the photos.
The Stables, Althorp, Northampton, NN7 4HQ
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