Ninth Earl Spencer
Charles, the current Earl Spencer inherited Althorp in 1992, aged 27. In his time the house has received a new roof, a reworked exterior, and several major improvements to the house’s infrastructure.
A Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II, he was educated at Eton College, before reading Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford. He then spent seven years as a foreign news reporter for the American television network, NBC. He has written four history books, one of which – Blenheim: Battle for Europe – was shortlisted for History Book of the Year at the 2005 National Book Awards.
He is father to five daughters and two sons, and his wife, Karen, is the founder and CEO of Whole Child International, a charity that seeks to protect and help orphaned and abandoned children.