- Title: Princess Diana honoured with blue plaque at former London flat
- Date: 29th September 2021
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - JULY 1, 1997) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) DIANA, ON HER 36TH BIRTHDAY, ARRIVING FOR TATE GALLERY CENTENARY GALA DINNER WEARING LONG BLACK EVENING GOWN, POSING FOR PHOTOS
- Embargoed: 13th October 2021 16:07
- Keywords: English Heritage Blue Plaque London Prince Charles Princess Diana Princess of Wales
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM / NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM / NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Europe,Royals
- Reuters ID: LVA006EWRX9AF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The late Princess Diana has been honoured with a "blue plaque" at her former flat in west London where she lived before she became engaged to British heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles.
The plaque is on the building that was her home between 1979 and 1981 - 60 Coleherne Court - a property close to the King's Road in Chelsea.
Diana, who died aged 36 in a Paris car crash in 1997, shared the apartment with three friends, including Virginia Clarke, who helped to unveil the plaque at a ceremony on Wednesday (September 29).
"Those were happy days for all of us and the flat was always full of laughter," Clarke said in a press release. "Diana went off to become so much to so many. It's wonderful that her legacy will be remembered in this way."
While unveiling the plaque, Clarke added: "I have a clear memory of discussing blue plaques with Diana in her car as we drove around London. And so I know she would be thrilled to have her own."
Diana described her years at the property as "the happiest time of her life," according to Andrew Morton's book Diana, In Her Own Words.
London's blue plaque scheme, run by English Heritage, highlights buildings where famous figures from the past lived and worked.
Princess Diana's blue plaque reads: "Lady Diana Spencer later Princess of Wales 1961-1997. Lived here 1979-1981."
"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," said Andrew Boff, chairman of the London Assembly.
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