Charles Spencer
6th Earl Spencer and Lord Chamberlain from 1905 to 1912
Charles Spencer
Charles Robert Spencer, 6th Earl Spencer KG, GCVO, PC, VRD, styled The Honourable Charles Spencer until 1905 and known as The Viscount Althorp between 1905 and 1910, was a British courtier and Liberal politician. An MP from 1880 to 1895 and again from 1900 to 1905, he served as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household from 1892 to 1895.
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1922
    Age 64
    Lord Spencer died in September 1922 at his home in St James Place, London, aged 64.
    More Details Hide Details He had been ill for four months after contracting a 'chill' at a public event in his home county of Northamptonshire. His eldest son Albert succeeded in the earldom.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1911
    Age 53
    He was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in 1911 and a Knight of the Garter in 1913.
    More Details Hide Details He was also awarded the Volunteer Reserve Decoration. Lord Spencer held a large number of foreign decorations: the Grand Crosses of Order of the Dannebrog of Denmark, Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav, Order of the Polar Star of Sweden, Order of the Rising Sun of Japan, the White Eagle of Serbia, Order of the Red Eagle of Prussia and Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Carlos III. He was also an honorary major in and later honorary colonel of the 4th Volunteer Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Lord Spencer married the Hon. Margaret Baring (14 December 1868 – 4 July 1906), daughter of Edward Baring, 1st Baron Revelstoke, at St James's Church, Piccadilly, on 23 July 1887. They had six children:
  • 1908
    Age 50
    From 1908 to 1922 he was Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1905
    Age 47
    On 19 December 1905, he was created Viscount Althorp, of Great Brington in the County of Northampton, so as to allow him to become Lord Chamberlain in Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman's new Liberal administration (his older brother was still Earl Spencer at that time).
    More Details Hide Details On 13 August 1910 he inherited the earldom on the death of his childless elder brother, John Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer. He remained Lord Chamberlain until 1912.
  • 1900
    Age 42
    Between 1900 and 1905 he was a Liberal whip.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1892
    Age 34
    In 1892 he was sworn of the Privy Council and appointed Vice-Chamberlain of the Household under William Ewart Gladstone, a post he held until 1895, the last year under the premiership of Lord Rosebery.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1886
    Age 28
    He was a Groom in Waiting to Queen Victoria between February and June 1886.
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  • 1880
    Age 22
    An MP from 1880 to 1895 and again from 1900 to 1905, he served as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household from 1892 to 1895.
    More Details Hide Details Raised to peerage as Viscount Althorp in 1905, he was Lord Chamberlain from 1905 to 1912 in the Liberal administrations headed by Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman and H. H. Asquith. In 1910, he succeeded his half-brother in the earldom of Spencer. He was married to Margaret Baring, a member of the Baring family. They were great-grandparents of Diana, Princess of Wales. Spencer was born in St. James's, Westminster, the son of Frederick Spencer, 4th Earl Spencer, by his second wife Adelaide Seymour, daughter of Horace Beauchamp Seymour and granddaughter of Lord Hugh Seymour. John Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer, was his elder half-brother. He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge. Spencer represented Northamptonshire North in parliament from 1880 to 1885 and Northamptonshire Mid from 1885 to 1895 and again from 1900 to 1905, from his home at Dallington Hall. In 1898 he contested Hertford.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1857
    Born
    Born on October 30, 1857.
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