Keynote Lecture - Charles, 9th Earl Spencer


Music City Center Fri, Feb 2, 2018 11:00 AM
Event Type:Lecture


Charles, Viscount Althorp, became the Ninth Earl Spencer on the death of his father in 1992. He was educated at Eton College and obtained his degree in modern history at Magdalen College, Oxford. He is the younger brother of Diana, Princess of Wales, and his eulogy at the Princess of Wales' funeral has often been cited as one of the greatest speeches of the 20th Century. A Godson of Her Majesty the Queen, he was also one of her Pages of Honour in the 1970’s. He is a peer, an author, a print journalist, and broadcaster, serving as a reporter on NBC’s “Today Show” from 1986 until 1995. He has written six books, including the Sunday Times bestseller Blenheim: Battle for Europe, that was shortlisted for History Book of the Year at the 2005 National Book Awards, and Prince Rupert: The Last Cavalier. His latest book, Killers of the King, was the second-highest selling history book in the U.K. in 2014. His highly anticipated new book, To Catch a King, is scheduled to be released this October.

Earl Spencer is the owner of Althorp, his family’s ancestral seat in Northamptonshire. Over the past 24 years, he has striven to make a positive difference by taking an uncompromising approach to the continued well-being of the Estate. The house was built in 1508, by the Spencers, for the Spencers, and contains one of Europe’s finest private collections of paintings, furniture and ceramics assembled by 19 generations of the family over more than five centuries.

Earl Spencer is a strong supporter of charitable and humanitarian causes, both near and far. From 1997 to 2000, he was a patron of the Lifeline and Childline charities in Western Cape, South Africa and he served as a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund from 1998 to 2008.

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