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Charles Edward Maurice Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer, DL (born 20 May 1964) is the second and only surviving son of John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer and the Honourable Frances Roche (later Frances Shand Kydd), daughter of the 4th Baron Fermoy. The youngest of his three older sisters was Diana, Princess of Wales; the other two are Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes.

Lord Spencer is one of many godchildren of Queen Elizabeth II, and was a Page of Honour from 1977 to 1979. His godfather was the Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, and former politician, Sir Alexander Downer. On 1 November 2005, he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Northamptonshiremarker.

First marriage

Lord Althorp married Catherine Victoria Lockwood (born 1964), a model, on 16 September 1989. Miss Lockwood was the daughter of John Lockwood. The wedding was at Church of St. Mary, Great Bringtonmarker. A niece, Emily McCorquodale, was a junior bridesmaid. His nephews Prince William of Wales, Prince Henry of Wales and Alexander Fellowes (son of Lord and Lady Fellowes) were pages. Darius Guppy was the best man. Guppy was a friend at Eton Collegemarker and Oxford Universitymarker.

Lord and Lady Spencer had four children:

On the death of his father on 29 March 1992, Lord Althorp succeeded as 9th Earl Spencer and inherited Althorpmarker, the family's seat in Northamptonshiremarker. At the same time, he also became the 9th Viscount Althorp, 9th Viscount Spencer of Althorp, 9th Baron Spencer of Althorp and the 4th Viscount Althorp.

The Spencer family's wealth derives from their profitable sheep farming in the Tudor era.

Lord and Lady Spencer, who had moved to Cape Townmarker, South Africa, divorced on 3 December 1997. It was a contentious and highly publicised court case, with Lady Spencer accusing her husband of adultery. Victoria, Countess Spencer, later married Jonathan Aitken (a former fashion model, not the former Conservative MP) on 8 January 2005, by whom she had a son, Samuel, before their marriage.

Among the Earl's girlfriends was Calvin Klein fashion model Josie Borain, whom he brought to his sister Diana's funeral at Westminster Abbeymarker .

Second marriage

Lord Spencer moved back to the United Kingdom after his sister's death in part to oversee the family estate Althorpmarker, and on 15 December 2001 he married Caroline Freud, née Hutton, a former nursery teacher who was previously married to Matthew Freud. Earl and Countess Spencer have two children:

  • The Honourable Edmund Charles Spencer (born 6 October 2003)
  • Lady Lara Caroline Spencer (born 16 March 2006)

Lady Spencer has two sons from her marriage to Matthew Freud:

  • George Rupert Freud (born 3 October 1995)
  • Jonah Henry Freud (born 1 April 1997)

Diana's death

Lord Spencer delivered his eulogy at the public funeral for his older sister Diana at Westminster Abbeymarker, Londonmarker on 6 September 1997, and managed her interment on the Althorp estatemarker. He has written four books about his family, and has opened a museum in honour of Diana. In this museum, Diana's wedding dress and some of her personal effects are on display (on loan from her estate). Most recently, Lord Spencer has announced other plans for the family house, such as allowing the house and estate out on rent for high-profile weddings to raise additional income needed to renovate or maintain the house.

Historical writings

Lord Spencer was educated at Eton Collegemarker and obtained his degree in Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxfordmarker.

He has written these historical works:
  • Althorpmarker: the Story of an English House (1998) London: Viking
  • The Spencer Family (1999)
  • Blenheim, Battle for Europe (2004). Paperback edition by Phoenix, 2005. ISBN 0-304-36704-4
  • Prince Rupert—The Last Cavalier (2007). London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson ISBN 978-0-297-84610-9

Titles from birth

  • The Hon. Charles Spencer (20 May 1964 – 9 June 1975)
  • Viscount Althorp (9 June 1975 – 29 March 1992)
  • The Rt Hon. The Earl Spencer (29 March 1992 – present)




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