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Princess Diana's childhood home to open to overnight guests for the first time

Princess Diana’s childhood home is opening to overnight guests for the first time ever!

Visitors look at the Diana Shrine
Visitors look at the Diana Shrine Image by Getty Images

It will now be possible for guests to stay in the childhood bedroom of the world’s most obsessed-over royal.

The Althorp estate where she lived before her marriage to Prince Charles and that still belongs to her family, the Spencers, is to allow guests to stay overnight for the first time. Those who wish to can stay in her old bedroom for the approximate cost of $40,000 per couple.

The 90-room Tudor mansion is situated on a 13,000 hectare estate near Northampton and boasts works by Da Vinci as well as an amazing assortment of antiques. It has been open to visitors since 1998, a year after Princess Diana’s tragic death. Diana is interred on a small island on the estate, and fans often travel to the estate to pay their respects. The island is to undergo huge renovations to be complete by 2017 for the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death.

The Althorp Estate
The Althorp Estate Image by Getty Images

Open at select times July and August, visitors have long been able to visit the grounds which sport incredible examples of Anglo-Palladian architecture, as well as incredible gardens designed by Louis XIV head gardner Andre Le Notre.

The stunning estate is finally opening up to overnight guests for a limited period of time in aid of Whole Child International, a charity run by Earl Spencer’s wife Countess Karen Spencer that supports children in developing countries.

Princess Diana
Princess Diana Image by Getty Images

NBC News interviewed Earl Spencer who has been in charge of the estate for 23 years. In the interview, he says: “I’ve always thought of this house as contributing. It’s not just a little bastion or fortress of privilege.”

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