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Edward John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer

Also Known As: "Johnnie", "8th Earl Spencer"
Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: 24 Sussex Square, Paddington, London, England
Death: March 29, 1992 (68)
Humana Hospital, Wellington, London, England
Place of Burial: Spencer Family Vault, St Mary the Virgin with St John Churchyard, Great Brington, Northamptonshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Albert Edward John Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer and Cynthia Elinor Beatrix Spencer, Countess Spencer
Husband of Raine Spencer, Countess Spencer
Ex-husband of Frances Shand Kydd
Father of Jane Fellowes, Baroness Fellowes; Lady Sarah McCorquodale; John Spencer; Lady Diana Frances Spencer, Princess of Wales and Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer
Brother of Lady Anne Wake-Walker (Spencer); <private> Spencer and <private> Spencer

Occupation: 8th Earl Spencer
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About John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer,_8th_Earl_Spencer

Edward John "Johnnie" Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer, MVO, styled Viscount Althorp until 1975, was a British peer and the father of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Lord Spencer was born Edward John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, the son of Albert Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer, on 24 January 1924. 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 Mentioned in Despatches. From 1947 to 1950, he served as Aide-de-Camp to then-Governor of South Australia, Willoughby.

Spencer 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 1 June 1954 Spencer and Frances Ruth Roche, the younger daughter of the 4th Baron Fermoy, were married in Westminster Abbey by Percy Herbert, Bishop of Norwich. The Queen and other members of the Royal Family attended the wedding ceremony.[5] They had five children: Lady Sarah McCorquodale (born 19 March 1955), married Neil Edmund McCorquodale on 17 May 1980 and had issue. Jane Fellowes, Baroness Fellowes (born 11 February 1957), married Robert Fellowes, Baron Fellowes in March 1978 and had issue. John Spencer (12 January 1960), died within ten hours of his birth. Diana, Princess of Wales (1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997), married Charles, Prince of Wales, on 29 July 1981 and had issue. Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer (born 20 May 1964), married first Victoria Lockwood from 1989 to 1997 and had issue, married second Caroline Hutton from 2001 to 2007 and had issue, and married third Karen Villeneuve on 18 June 2011 and had issue. John and Frances Spencer were separated in April 1969. Frances later married Peter Shand Kydd and on 14 July 1976, Lord Spencer married Raine, Countess of Dartmouth, the former wife of the 9th Earl of Dartmouth, and the daughter and only child of the romantic novelist Barbara Cartland and Alexander McCorquodale. Spencer died of a heart attack on 29 March 1992, aged 68.

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John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer's Timeline

January 24, 1924
24 Sussex Square, Paddington, London, England
January 24, 1924
- June 9, 1975
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
March 19, 1955
Age 31
Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk, England
February 11, 1957
Age 33
King's Lynn, Norfolk, England
January 12, 1960
Age 35
Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk, England
July 1, 1961
Age 37
Sandringham, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
May 20, 1964
Age 40
Marylebone, London, England
June 9, 1975
- March 29, 1992
Age 51
London, Greater London, United Kingdom