Althorp's Diana exhibit to close; contents to be handed over to William and Harry


Earl Spencer is ready to hand over the contents of the exhibition featuring artifacts from his sister’s life back to his nephews, William and Harry.

“Diana: A Celebration” has been on exhibit in Northamptonshire at Althorp, the 500-year-old ancestral home of the Spencers, since 1998, on what would have been Diana’s 37th birthday. A spokesperson for Charles Spencer confirmed to the Telegraph that “It will close worldwide in August 2014.”

“Lord Spencer says Diana’s will stated that her belongings were to be “looked after” by him until both of her sons turned 30, at which point the contents would transfer into their possession,” reports the Telegraph. “Prince Harry will be 30 next year.”

The Telegraph also suggests that perhaps the collection, which includes Diana’s wedding dress, priceless family jewels, pictures, letters and home movies, may go on display at Kensington Palace, where Diana lived until her death in August, 1997.

The duke and duchess of Cambridge are expected to move into Princess Margaret’s former apartments at Kensington Palace after the birth of their child.

The spokesperson also told the Telegraph that the exhibition at Althorp “has been admired by thousands of people around the world, and has been a wonderfully tasteful celebration of the late Diana, Princess of Wale’s life and achievements – particularly her charitable works and her glamour”.

Diana’s grave is said to be on an island marked by an urn in the centre of  the “Round Oval” lake on Althorp’s extensive grounds. There is also a shrine near the island where between July and early September guests may visit.