Raine Spencer
British politician
Raine Spencer
Raine Spencer, Countess Spencer is a British socialite and local politician. She is the daughter of novelist Barbara Cartland and Alexander McCorquodale. However her mother later alleged that she was fathered by Prince George, Duke of Kent. At aged 23, she became the youngest member of Westminster City Council. As Countess of Dartmouth, she remained in local government for the following 17 years.
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Ex-assistant to Bates College president claims boss made her watch 'chick flicks'
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Sarah Hulbert who worked briefly for the president of Bates College in Maine, Spencer A. Clayton, is suing the school for firing her because she didn't want to watch chick flicks or go jogging.
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Will Piers Morgan help or hurt Murdoch's case? - Reuters Blogs (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Eager to please his master, Morgan pushed the limits of an already crass genre, reaching the height of poor taste when he pictured Countess Spencer, the wife of Princess Diana's brother, leaving a drug rehab clinic. Even the inured Murdoch was appalled
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Piers Morgan and phone hacking - what his record really reveals - The Guardian (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
While at the NotW in 1994, he was publicly admonished by Rupert Murdoch for intruding into the privacy of Countess Spencer. At the Mirror, he was forced to apologise for the racist overtones of a 1996 headline, "Achtung! Surrender", prior to a football
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Piers Morgan faces renewed scrutiny over Desert Island Discs comments - The Guardian (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
In the first case, when editing the News of the World in 1995, he was admonished in public by Rupert Murdoch for intruding into the privacy of Countess Spencer. In the second case, in 2000, when editing the Mirror, he was obliged to carry a four-page
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Los Angeles Offers Visitors the Royal Treatment - Hospitality 1st (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
... John Charles Spencer, Viscount Althorp, who later became Earl Spencer, as well as relatives Lady Elizabeth Spencer; Lady Caroline Spencer, later Viscountess Clifden; Lavinia, Countess Spencer; and Lord Henry Spencer and Lady Charlotte Spencer
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Looking back at how one man changed maternity services in Northampton - Northampton Chronicle & Echo
Google News - over 5 years
-It was opened by Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, and the official opening was also attending by the Earl of Athlone, William Barratt, Lord Hesketh, Earl and Countess Spencer and Mr Robert Watson. -In 1938, the Barratt was approved as a midwifery
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Princess Diana's brother weds again - The Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Spencer announced his engagement to his new wife, who will be now known as Countess Spencer, earlier this year. He has worked as a journalist and an author, and has four children from his first marriage to Victoria Lockwood in 1989
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The Royal Wedding - A Brief History - SanDiego.com
Google News - almost 6 years
His second wife, Countess Spencer, won't be there. She was invited, but felt it would be an awkward scene. Nobody expected William to invite the girlfriend he had while going to college, but it was odd to find out Kate invited her first boyfriend,
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Barbara Cartland, 98, Best-Selling Author Who Prized Old-Fashioned Romance, Dies
NYTimes - almost 17 years
Barbara Cartland, whose outpouring of more than 700 romance novels during seven decades made her the undisputed queen of a genre for hundreds of millions of readers the world over, died yesterday at her home near Hatfield in Hertfordshire, England. She was 98. Throughout her professional life, Dame Barbara possessed a most uncommon ability: she was
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CUTTINGS;Putting 'Sweet' Back in Sweet Peas
NYTimes - over 20 years
Peter Grayson has promised to name a sweet pea for me. I've been glowing ever since he phoned to tell me, but I'm mystified about how I qualified for the honor. Granted, I spend an embarrassing quantity of time fussing over sweet peas when the appropriate season draws nigh, but the hours devoted to those brittle, pale green, tendriled vines with
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CHRONICLE
NYTimes - almost 22 years
Another marriage with royal connections is unraveling. After six years of marriage and four children, the EARL OF SPENCER, 30, the brother of the Princess of Wales, and his wife, VICTORIA LOCKWOOD, a former model, have separated, The Evening Standard reported yesterday. Countess Spencer, 29, is in a clinic in Surrey fighting alcoholism and
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CUTTINGS; Midwinter Night's Dream: Fragrant Sweet Peas
NYTimes - about 23 years
I'VE been reading about sweet peas. How the English have been known to prepare beds full of manure and compost and wood ashes and roast beef (O.K., so it's just bone meal and blood meal) six feet deep to get these greedy, gorgeous vines to grow over their heads. So don't try to grow them on a fire escape in a pot with 12 inches of soil. If you have
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CHRONICLE
NYTimes - over 23 years
Oh, the tangled web we weave: RAINE SPENCER, stepmother of the Princess of Wales, was married to a French count yesterday, 15 months after the death of her second husband. Countess Spencer, 63, married Count JEAN-FRANCOIS DE CHAMBRUN, 57, in a civil ceremony. Her second husband, the 8th Earl Spencer, the Princess's father, died in March 1992.
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CHRONICLE
NYTimes - over 24 years
In London, Earl Spencer, the father of the Princess of Wales, left an estate valued at more than $145 million. But under the terms of the will, made public yesterday, the Princess is to receive only a few mementos and the proceeds from a trust. The Earl died of a heart attack on March 29. The Associated Press reported that DAVID ROBINSON, a senior
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CHRONICLE
NYTimes - almost 25 years
The eighth Earl Spencer, father of PRINCESS DIANA, was buried yesterday beside 19 generations of his family in the parish church near his home, Althorp (pronounced ALL-trop), in Northamptonshire, England. Princess Diana and PRINCE CHARLES were among the mourners at the service, along with Princess Diana's two sisters, Lady SARAH McCORQUODALE and
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The 8th Earl Spencer, 68, Dies; Father of the Princess of Wales
NYTimes - almost 25 years
Earl Spencer, father of Diana, Princess of Wales, died today at a hospital here. He was 68 years old. He died of a heart attack, a spokesman for Humana Wellington Hospital said. Lord Spencer had entered the hospital a week ago with pneumonia, but had been reported to be recovering. The Princess of Wales and her husband, Prince Charles, heir to the
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CHRONICLE
NYTimes - over 25 years
Dame BARBARA CARTLAND, the 90-year-old author of romance novels, is taking no chances on how her obituary will read: she has written it herself, 46 pages long, and distributed it, tied in pink ribbons, to newspaper libraries in Britain. Excerpts began appearing this week in British newspapers, even though Dame Barbara, who has just started writing
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ANTIQUES; BUYING BRITISH
NYTimes - over 31 years
The boom in English antiques - and the decorative arts and paintings that traditionally go well with them -continued at this year's Grosvenor House Antiques Fair. The bazaar, which ended its 10-day run here yesterday, offers some of the finest British wares sold annually on either side of the Atlantic and is viewed as a barometer of the British
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TRAVEL ADVISORY; A RETURN TO BATAAN; A DICKENSIAN HOLIDAY
NYTimes - over 32 years
Tour to Visit Battlegrounds Of Philippines Evoking a grim heroic past, the itinerary itself tells the story: Manila, Corregidor, Bataan, Lingayen Gulf, Baguio, Leyte. All these historic places will be visited during a return to the Philippines, where United States forces battled ashore on Oct. 20, 1944, to regain control of the islands from
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THE DRESS: SILK TAFFETA WITH SEQUINS AND PEARLS
NYTimes - over 35 years
For her long walk up the aisle that transformed her into a princess, Lady Diana Spencer, in the most romantic storybook tradition, wore a sequin-and-pearl-incrusted dress with a 25-foot train. Made of ivory silk taffeta produced by Britain's only silk farm, the dress was hand-embroidered with old lace panels on the front and back of the tightly
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Raine Spencer, Countess Spencer
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2007
    Age 77
    In December 2007, Lady Spencer was again featured in the news, giving evidence at the London inquest into the death of the Princess of Wales.
    More Details Hide Details Making a rare public comment on her relationship with her stepdaughter, she said: "Diana always said I had no hidden agenda. So many people, because she was so popular and so world famous, wanted something out of her. It was a very draining life." Later she told the court "Well, we all want the dark handsome gentleman to walk through the door." Today, Lady Spencer is a member of the board of directors of Harrods, and occasionally works in the store, although as she told the inquest "Ironically, I never went shopping in Harrods. It was my husband Spencer who practically lived there." Her principal home is in Mayfair, London, where she remains a regular part of the London social scene.
  • 1995
    Age 65
    The de Chambruns' marriage was short-lived and the couple were divorced in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Styled since the marriage as Comtesse Jean-François Pineton de Chambrun, Raine chose to revert to her previous surname and style of Raine, Countess Spencer, despite being against convention.
  • 1993
    Age 63
    In July 1993 Raine Spencer married a third husband, Count Jean-François Pineton de Chambrun (a descendant of the Marquis de La Fayette, a member of a prominent French family related to the American Roosevelt family), after a 33-day courtship.
    More Details Hide Details They married in a civil ceremony in London. The Count, a younger son of Jean-Pierre Pineton de Chambrun, Marquis de Chambrun (a deaf biochemist-artist), was previously married to American Josalee Douglas. The Countess again attracted charges of vulgarity in Britain when it was discovered that pictures of the wedding had been sold to Hello magazine for a reputed £70,000. Her mother did not attend the wedding ceremony. It was at this time that while none of her Spencer stepchildren attended this wedding, it was claimed that there was a rapprochement between her and the Princess of Wales.
  • 1992
    Age 62
    When Lord Spencer died on 29 March 1992, the dowager Countess immediately left Althorp, as she and her stepson had a poor relationship.
    More Details Hide Details The abrupt move from Althorp was, however, cushioned by a £4 million inheritance and a townhouse in London's Mayfair from her husband.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1981
    Age 51
    Lord and Lady Spencer led an opulent lifestyle, entertaining frequently and generously, and travelling greatly. In February 1981, they became globally known following the engagement of Lady Spencer's stepdaughter Diana to Charles, Prince of Wales.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1978
    Age 48
    In 1978, Lord Spencer suffered a brain haemorrhage; his wife nursed him, and his recovery is credited to her care and devotion coupled with the use of an untested drug.
    More Details Hide Details Following her husband's illness, Lady Spencer was widely criticised by the press and conservationists for her redecoration of Althorp, the Spencer family seat; it was felt that the heavy use of new gilding and wallpapers failed to compensate for the missing treasures, which included besides properties and land, works by Van Dyck and Gainsborough, furniture, china, porcelain, silver, gold, and family documents sold to fund the project and necessary restoration of the house. The Earl fully endorsed and assisted in his wife's alteration to Althorp and fund-raising activities. However, this was not enough to stop Earl Spencer's son and heir describing his stepmother's taste in decoration as having "the wedding cake vulgarity of a five-star hotel in Monaco."
  • 1976
    Age 46
    Lord Spencer and Lady Dartmouth were married at Caxton Hall, London, on 14 July 1976.
    More Details Hide Details As Countess Spencer, Raine was unpopular with her stepdaughter Lady Diana Spencer and her siblings, who even went as far as referring to their stepmother as "Acid Raine". However, media reports have suggested that at the time of her death, Diana was reconciled with her stepmother, while her relationship with her mother Frances Shand Kydd, had been strained.
  • 1975
    Age 45
    Lord Althorp succeeded his father as the 8th Earl Spencer on 9 June 1975.
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  • 1973
    Age 43
    In 1973 she began a relationship with John Spencer, Lord Althorp, her colleague on an architectural heritage committee. Lord and Lady Dartmouth were consequently divorced in 1976.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1948
    Age 18
    She and Legge married on 21 July 1948.
    More Details Hide Details He succeeded to the courtesy title Viscount Lewisham in 1958 and became the 9th Earl of Dartmouth in 1962. The couple had four children: Following her marriage, Lady Dartmouth began to take a strong interest in politics. At age 23, she became the youngest member of Westminster City Council as a Conservative. As Lady Lewisham, and later Lady Dartmouth, she remained in local government for the following 17 years. She sat on Westminster's town planning, parks and personnel committees, and was later elected to represent Richmond on the Greater London Council. In this capacity she took a special interest in environmental planning and ancient buildings. She chaired the Covent Garden Development Committee and the government working party for the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1936
    Age 6
    Raine McCorquodale is the only child of novelist Dame Barbara Cartland and Alexander McCorquodale, an Army officer who was heir to a printing fortune. Her parents divorced in 1936 and her mother promptly married Alexander McCorquodale's cousin, Hugh McCorquodale, by whom she had two sons, Ian and Glen McCorquodale. In 1947, 18-year-old Raine McCorquodale was launched as a debutante into London high society.
    More Details Hide Details She had a successful season, not only being named "Deb of the Year," but becoming engaged to be married to the heir of an earldom, the Hon. Gerald Humphry Legge.
  • 1929
    Born
    Born on September 9, 1929.
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