Princess Diana’s Brother Charles Spencer Finds Old Family Photo from 1909 and Shares it on Instagram

The photo was taken at Althorp House

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Princess Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, is taking a walk trot down memory lane. 

This week, the 59-year-old historian shared a never-before-seen black-and-white photo of his ancestors on Instagram. The photo featured his great-aunt and his great-uncle riding horses at Althorp House, the location where Princess Di was laid to rest.

In the caption, Spencer shared details about the photo, writing, “Riding in the Park at @althorphouse in the summer of 1909—my great-aunt Delia - sidesaddle - (on ‘Ithaca’), and my great-uncle Cecil Spencer (on ‘Cooper’).”

He also shared personal memories about his great-aunt and great-uncle. “I remember Aunt Delia well: by that stage she was small, and bent over by age, but she had a strong character,” he continued. “She was a gifted musician. Cecil I never met—after many heroics as a motor torpedo boat captain in World War 1, he died as a young man after being thrown from his horse, after a polo match on Malta.”

Although Spencer never met his great-uncle, they do have one thing in common. “He and I share a birthday (20 May)—as does one of my own great-nephews, in fact,” he added. “Anyway, a happy shot from a seemingly more innocent age.”

This isn’t the first time that Spencer has posted family photos on social media. Earlier this month, he shared a grainy black-and-white snap of his late grandfather, Jack, and his Aunt Delia.

The caption read, “A lovely family moment, in late Victorian England. They are photographed at a spot I know well, near Althorp. I wonder what Aunt Delia has on her lap…?”

Keep the family pics coming, Charles. 

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