With an aristocratic heritage stretching back centuries, Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer could have devoted his entire adult life to managing the family's large estate - a task which would tax the most skilled organiser of any business - but instead Charles has carried out his duties at Althorp to the full whilst also forging a successful career as a journalist and broadcaster and latterly a respected author and public speaker.
Charles is the brother of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. He is well remembered for delivering a moving eulogy at her funeral service held at Westminster Abbey on 6th September 1997, six days after her death due to a car crash in Paris. Diana is buried on Charles' ancestral estate, Althorp in Nottinghamshire, where the Earl built a mausoleum and a museum to her memory, displaying her wedding dress and other personal effects. The museum was opened to the public in 1998 with all profits going to Diana's Memorial Fund, also set up by Charles.
After reading Modern History at Oxford, Charles worked as an on-air correspondent with NBC News from 1986 to 1995, primarily for the network's morning programme, Today and NBC Nightly News. He subsequently wrote and presented a 12-part documentary series, Great Houses Of The World (1994-1995) for NBC Super Channel. He also worked as a reporter for Granada Television from 1991 to 1993.
Charles is the author of several history books, including Blenheim, Battle For Europe and Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared To Execute Charles. In addition, he has written several book reviews for The Guardian and The Independent on Sunday, as well as feature stories for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and American publications such as Vanity Fair, Verandah and Nest.
Earl Spencer is a natural public speaker, with media skills and knowledge that allow him to address a wide variety of themes. His talks often addresses the importance of seizing opportunities and finding one's own voice. After dinner, he's also likely to mention his childhood encounters in the Debating Society at Eton, competing against the likes of David Cameron and Boris Johnson!
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