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Earl Spencer happier than ever ahead of the birth of his seventh child

04 JULY 2012

Earl Spencer, the uncle of Princes William and Harry, proudly shows off his heavily pregnant wife as the Olympic torch makes a pit stop at his Northamptonshire estate.

The baby, their first together, will be born just over a year after he wed Karen Gordon, a Canadian philanthropist, at his country seat Althorp Park following an eight-month courtship.

Shortly after their own nuptials, the couple were in the pews of Westminster Abbey for the royal wedding.


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The new Countess Spencer, who is the aristocrat's third wife, seems to be a match for him.

She's even encouraged him to spend time in California, where she has a home.

This is presumably where Karen spends time with the two daughters, aged 11 and 13, she had with previous husband Mark Gordon, a film producer, with credits such as Saving Private Ryan and The Patriot to his name.

The winsome brunette is understood to have received $1.3 million as a divorce settlement, which she used to set up Whole Child International, a charity for underprivileged kids.

Meanwhile, the Earl has six children of his own from two previous marriages. Kitty, 21, 19-year-old twins Eliza and Amelia, and Louis, 18, are the offspring of his union with Victoria Lockwood.

He also has two youngsters, Edmund, eight, and Lara, six.

The couple were introduced by friends at a cocktail party, and he presented her to his family just before Christmas 2010.

A source told the Daily Mail: "She’s very beautiful, slim and trim, and Charles was extremely attentive and charming, fussing around her quite a lot. She was cool and surprisingly confident, in the circumstances."

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