Althorp Estate

GRAND DESIGNS: Downton Abbey isn’t the only British stately home on Ralph Lauren’s radar.

Later this week, the brand will head to Althorp, home of the Spencer family for more than 500 years, for a black-tie dinner to mark the 15th anniversary of Ralph Lauren’s Pink Pony charity.

The dinner, on Oct. 8, will be hosted by Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl Spencer, and Andrew Lauren. Lauren, a filmmaker and a son of the company’s founder, is the face of the Purple Label men’s campaign, which was shot at Althorp.

A women’s wear presentation will take place in the Picture Gallery, before dinner in the Marlborough Room.

Spencer is the younger brother of the late Princess Diana, and Althorp, in Northamptonshire, England, has been the family’s home for 19 generations. It is surrounded by 13,000 acres of parkland, and Diana is buried on the grounds of the estate.

Pink Pony benefits cancer research and the Royal Marsden hospital in the U.K. Founded in 2000, its mission is to raise cancer awareness and support programs for cancer screening, early diagnosis, treatment, research and patient navigation.

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