Diana, Princess of Wales, has been honored with a blue plaque at the address she lived at in Chelsea.
Diana lived at 60 Coleherne Court – a property in a mansion block close to the fashionable King’s Road in Chelsea. The princess lived there when she first settled in the capital as a young woman before marrying the Prince of Wales in 1981.
She shared the apartment with a number of girlfriends from 1979 to 1981, including Virginia Clarke (nee Pitman), who helped unveil the English cultural heritage during a ceremony on Wednesday.
Diana described her years on the property as “the happiest time of her life”, according to Andrew Morton’s book Diana, In Her Own Words.
The former profiled former member of the monarchy to be awarded the honor, Diana was nominated by the London Assembly after the body ran a campaign asking Londoners to propose women worthy of a blue plaque.
She is recognized during a year in which she would have celebrated her 60th birthday. She died in a car accident in Paris in 1997.
Clarke, Diana’s roommate at Coleherne Court, said: “Those were happy days for all of us and the apartment was always full of laughter.
“Diana went and became so much for so many. It is wonderful that her legacy will be remembered in this way. ”
Curatorial director of English Heritage, Anna Eavis, said: “Diana was one of the world’s most famous women, and she used her fame and influence to raise awareness of issues such as homelessness and landmines.
“She played a critically important role in helping to destigmatize diseases such as HIV, leprosy and depression.
“Diana moved into Coleherne Court in July 1979 and lived here when she first began dating the Prince of Wales.
“It is fitting that our blue plaque remembers her in this place where her life in public first began.”
Andrew Boff, President of the London Assembly, said: “The London Assembly BackthePlaque campaign in 2019 had a wonderful response and yielded some fascinating nominations.
“We understand why many felt that Diana, Princess of Wales, should be recognized – her landmine campaign and HIV / AIDS awareness work were truly global and made a huge difference to many lives.
“Diana had, and still has, a very special place in the hearts of Londoners, and we are thrilled to see her blue plaque formally placed as a monument to her work for others.”
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