Althorp Estate, Princess Diana’s final resting place, has received its share of criticisms over the years. One of the most prominent came in 2014 from Princess Diana’s former personal chef, who mentioned all the vegetation on the island. Those criticisms are now being answered, as the estate is going to be renovated for the first time in 350 years. The 13,000-acre Althorp Estate has been around since 1508, with significant renovations made 350 years ago by the same gardener who designed the gardens of Versailles. Princess Diana lived at the estate before getting married. When she tragically died in a car accident at the age of 36, she was laid to rest at a small island in the middle of a pond on the Althorp Estate. The island has a statue of the princess, while the estate itself also has a temple dedicated to her. The temple provides a place for people to pay their respects to the late princess, as there is no way for them to go to the island.
From 1998 to 2013, the estate had a museum dedicated to Princess Diana, where visitors could see her personal items from childhood through adulthood. Additional tributes to the princess include oak trees that were planted to commemorate every year of her life, white roses and white water lilies. The Spencer family owns the Althorp Estate. Princess Diana’s brother, Earl Charles Spencer, is leading the renovations along with his wife, Countess Earl Karen Spencer. They plan to have the renovations completed by August of 2017, which marks the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. It’s wonderful that Princess Diana’s final resting place is getting the improvements it deserves. She still holds a special place in the hearts of many, which is evident by how much one person paid at an auction for a piece of cake from her wedding to Prince Charles.