Princess Diana’s childhood home, the Althorp Estate, might seem pretty cold on the outside, but on the inside, it's all decked out and ready for Christmas! Her brother, Charles, Ninth Earl of Spencer, is now the homeowner of the famous princess’ childhood home, and he’s making sure that this year, Christmas in the family home is nothing short of extraordinary.
This year, Charles went to new heights - literally! The family's 25-foot tall Christmas tree is perfectly located at the bottom of the famous staircase, surrounded by family photos - both old and new. Most Christmas trees are typically six-to-seven feet tall, so a 25-foot tree seems massive! The Christmas tree adds the perfect amount of charm and cheer to the late princess’ home.
The tree was unveiled on a local news station, and they happened to catch some other “updates” taking place in the family home. Charles was also just replacing the carpet on the first and second floors and the cameras managed to get a glimpse of the freshly covered staircase.
When Charles noticed the cameras to be on the staircase, he took it as an opportunity to share some Christmas memories that included his sister, Princess Diana. “Growing up with Diana was always so fun, especially during the Holidays. We used to bomb down the stairs on tea trays . . . it was always so much fun.” He looked at the staircase with a smile as he remembered some fond memories of his sister.
Decades later, the house is still a family home. There are photos on nearly every open place on the wall, which create a warm and comforting family space. Charles says that he hopes this Christmas will be celebrated with old traditions and new traditions. Perhaps the princes and their families will attend their mother’s childhood home to celebrate the Christmas season, but if not, they will all be reunited for the Royal wedding on May 19, 2018.
This year, Christmastime at the Althorp will be glorious! I wish I could be there; it looks so beautiful!