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Althorp opening marks 500 years


The Althorp exhibition includes a childhood photo album of Diana, Princess of Wales

The ancestral home of Diana, Princess of Wales, is opening to the public as it marks its 500th anniversary.

Althorp has been owned by the Spencer family since it was built in 1508.

An exhibition of art work commerating the 20 generations of the Spencer family at Althorp has been put on display to celebrate the anniversary.

The Northamptonshire estate, the resting place of Princess Diana, is opened to visitors annually from 1 July to 31 August.

Althorp also houses an exhibition depicting the life of Princess Diana.

In a statement on the Althorp website, her brother Charles, Earl Spencer, said: "Althorp has now been our family home for 500 years.

"During that time it has seen many changes, with alterations to the house, the steady addition of beautiful art and furniture from each period and the feeling of being lived in and loved that can only come from continuous occupation by one family."

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