Earl John Spencer

Earl John Spencer

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Edward John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer, LVO (24 January 1924 – 29 March 1992), styled Viscount Althorp until June 1975, was a British peer and nobleman. He was the father of Diana, Princess of Wales, meaning he is the maternal grandfather of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, respectively second and sixth in the line of succession to the British throne.

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Earl John Spencer was born on Thursday, 24 January 1924 in London, England. His full name at birth was Edward John Spencer. He was best known as a socialite. Spencer's country of citizenship (nationality) was British. He died on Sunday, 29 March 1992 in Humana Wellington Hospital at the age of 68. He is buried at St Mary the Virgin with St John Churchyard, Great Brington, Daventry District, Northamptonshire, England. Earl attended high school at Eton. For university, he studied at Sandhurst. He had blue eyes and dark brown hair (color). His zodiac star sign was Aquarius.

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Edward John Spencer
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Father of Princess Diana
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24 January 1924
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London, England
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29 March 1992
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68 (age at death)
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Humana Wellington Hospital
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Heart attack
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St Mary the Virgin with St John Churchyard, Great Brington, Daventry District, Northamptonshire, England
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Eton
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Sandhurst
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  • Lord Spencer had entered the Humana Wellington Hospital a week before his death with pneumonia, but had been reported to be recovering.
  • In addition to the Princess Diana, survivors include his wife, Countess Raine Spencer; a son, Charles, then Viscount Althorp; and two other daughters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and then Lady Jane Fellowes.
  • Newspaper reports suggested that in 1991, the Lord Spencer's children had been angered by the sale of family art treasures, silverware and furniture to renovate Althorp, which was opened to the public. The Earl denied that the sales, including 11 paintings by Van Dyck, had caused a family rift.
  • Lord Spencer spent much of his time in his last years at Althorp, his family seat in Northamptonshire north of London.
  • His first marriage, to the former Frances Roche, ended in a highly publicized divorce in 1969, and he was awarded custody of their four children, including Princess Diana. In 1976 he married Raine Legge, daughter of Barbara Cartland, the popular romantic novelist.

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