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John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer

Edward John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer (January 24, 1924 - March 29, 1992) was a British royal and the father of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Spencer was born on January 24, 1924 as the son of Albert Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer and Cynthia Spencer, Countess Spencer. He was educated at Eton, the Royal Military College at Sandhurst, and the Royal Agricultural College. A Captain in the Royal Scots Greys, Lord Spencer fought in the Second World War from 1944 to 1945, and was noted for his heroic efforts. From 1947 to 1950, he served as Aide-de-Camp to then-Governor of South Australia, Willoughby Norrie. He held the offices of County Councillor for Northamptonshire (1952), High Sheriff of Northamptonshire (1959), and Justice of the Peace for Norfolk (1970). He served as Equerry to King George VI (1950-52) and to Queen Elizabeth II (1952-54), and was invested as a member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in 1954. He was known by the courtesy title Viscount Althorp until 1975 when he became the 8th Earl Spencer upon his father's death.

On March 29, 1992, Spencer died at the age of 68 at Humana Hospital in Wellington, London.


Spencer married first to Frances Ruth Roche on June 1, 1954. They were separated in a highly publicized divorce in April 1969.

  • Lady Sarah McCorquodale - m. Neil Edmund McCorquodale
  • Jane Fellowes, Baroness Fellowes - m. Robert Fellowes, Baron Fellowes
  • Diana, Princess of Wales - m. Charles, Prince of Wales
  • Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer - m. Victoria Aitken (2) Caroline Hutton (3) Karen Spencer, Countess Spencer
  • John Spencer (January 12, 1960) - infant.

Spencer married second to Raine Spencer, Countess Spencer on July 14, 1976.