Princess Diana’s life and legacy to be honoured with plaque at old London flat
Princess Diana's life and legacy will be honoured with a blue plaque at her old flat in London.
English Heritage will honour the Princess of Wales with a "memorial tablet" at her former home.
The location of the plaque and home in the capital is yet to be announced, but it's believed the Early's Court she lived in before marrying Prince Charles in 1981 could be chosen.
Diana is the highest-profile former member of the monarchy to be bestowed the honour and was nominated by the London Assembly after Londoners chose her through a campaign.
People were asked to suggest women worthy of a blue plaque and answers directed towards the late mother of Prince Harry and William.
Anna Eavis, curatorial director at English Heritage, said Diana's campaigns to highlight issues like HIV/Aids and landmines were deciding factors, as well as her being "an inspiration and cultural icon to many".
Her parents purchased 60 Coleherne Court, a property in a mansion block near Chelsea's King Road when she settled in London.
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She shared the property with friends and was said to have a sign above her bedroom door that said: "Chief Chick."
Princess Diana described the time she lived there as "the happiest time of her life", according to Andrew Morton's book, Diana, In Her Own Words.
“It was juvenile, innocent, uncomplicated and above all fun. I laughed my head off there,” she said.
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When she began dating the Prince of Wales, it's believed Diana was living with friends Anne Bolton and Virginia Pitman.
She was reportedly charging flatmates £18 a week and was said to be house proud – and even set up a cleaning rota.
The apartment was reportedly bought by her parents for £50,000 when the then Lady Diana Spencer was 18 and working at Young England Kindergarten in Pimlico.
Ms Eavis said: “Her profile and popularity remains undiminished nearly 25 years after she died and clearly a part of that was the ease with which she seemed to communicate with everybody.
“I think what appealed to the panel when they were considering her nomination was she’s undeniably a significant figure in late 20th century Britain, with a close London association obviously.
“She did undeniably play an important role in destigmatising HIV/Aids and also towards the very end of her life campaigned in those anti-landmine campaigns which was also very important.”
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