Nearly a fifth of the 152,000 tickets to visit the family home of Princess Diana remain unsold four days before the estate is due to open for the summer. A year ago about 3,000 of the tickets for visits to Althorp were unsold as staff prepared to open gates for the two-month summer season. That figure has now increased tenfold to 30,000. But a spokeswoman for Earl Spencer, Diana’s brother and owner of Althorp, said he was neither surprised nor disappointed that interest in the estate, where the Princess is buried on an island in a lake, had apparently declined to such an extent.
- The park, which includes a museum dedicated to Diana’s memory, will open on Thursday July 1 and close on August 30, the day before the second anniversary of Diana’s death in a car crash in Paris.