Moving on…today is a beautiful day here in London and I’m anxious to get out in the city and do a bit exploring. But first, I wanted to share pictures of our trip this past Sunday to Althorp House. The train ride to Northampton was not bad at all. It’s about an hours ride from Euston train station in London and we passed the time easily with the iPad and a few episodes of an old Masterpiece series. I love going out to the country. I would hop on a train every other day if I could afford it (it cost us about $75 for the two of us to make the round trip.) I love seeing all the villages and decades-old churches across the rolling hill scenery.
Seeing Althorp House was a real treat. The home itself, which has been owned by the Spencer family for over 500 years, is beautiful and quite grand, but I have to say we enjoyed seeing the exhibit on Princess Diana the most. We were able to see her famous wedding gown, shoes and tiara as well as about 25 of her most remembered dresses and outfits. They also displayed several photographs of Diana throughout her short life and childhood mementos. It was also very special to see her final resting place on an island in the middle of a small, oval lake. Walking through the gardens to the oval lake was so peaceful. It is definitely not a bad place to be laid to rest.
My mom, Sandy, was a huge fan of Princess Diana (much like how I am now a huge fan of Kate.) She loved and respected her so much that she actually named me after her. My full name is Alexandra Diana Taylor (now Johnson) and I am proud to share a name with someone so loved and adored. It meant a lot to me to visit her childhood home and see where she is laid to rest. Not to sound incredibly cheesy, but it was an honor to see that special place.
To top the whole visit off, we were surprised to see Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, signing his new book in the gift shop. We didn’t meet him, but he seemed very friendly and genuinely happy to be saying hello to so many people.