This is the library/sitting room at Althorp, the ancestral English home of the Spencer family, and the childhood home of Diana, Princess of Wales. This is a grand yet lovely space, with its traditional English Country furnishings. The white bookcases, walls, ornate ceiling and columns all serve to keep the room from looking too heavy, yet there is room to store the 10,000 or so books
The Spencer Tiara The tiara is entirely a composite with the central element being a gift from Lady Sarah Spencer to Cynthia, Viscountess Althorp as a wedding present in 1919. It was later remounted. Four other elements were made to match it in 1937. Only the two elements at the end are old and are said to have come from a tiara owned by Francis, Viscountess Montagu and left to Lady Sarah Spencer in 1875.
The third Spencer Tiara formerly belonged to Marie Antoinette. It is pictured here with the Sutherland necklace. (The Sutherlands are a branch of the Spencer family who are also associated with the Churchill”s and the Dukes of Marlborough. Thery”re all the same family.) The Sutherland necklace is comprised of 17 of the largest diamonds from a necklace that was owned by Marie Antoinette AND is the necklace that helped spark the French Revolution.
royals-and-quotes: “ Tiara Tuesday - The Spencer Tiara The Spencer Tiara used by Lady Diana Spencer on the day of her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981. The tiara was made of gold and entirely covered...