Diana, Princess of Wales, is to be celebrated with an English Heritage blue plaque, in the year that would have marked her 60th birthday.
The charity will be honouring Diana with a ‘memorial tablet’ and though the location will be confirmed later in the year, it is thought the plaque will be placed at the flat in Earl’s Court where Diana lived before marrying the Prince of Wales in 1981 (as seen in series 4 of The Crown). She shared the flat with friends and is said to have had a sign above her door saying ‘Chief Chick’.
According to Andrew Morton’s book Diana, In Her Own Words, Diana described the years she lived in the three-bed flat as ‘the happiest time of her life’.
Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, also seemed to confirm the plaque’s location on Twitter. ‘How very lovely that this blue plaque will be going up outside Coleherne Court – thank you, @EnglishHeritage, for commemorating such a very happy place for Diana in this way,’ he shared.
How very lovely that this blue plaque will be going up outside Coleherne Court – thank you, @EnglishHeritage, for commemorating such a very happy place for Diana in this way. pic.twitter.com/FiDk3ZtLpG
— Charles Spencer (@cspencer1508) April 1, 2021
Diana was nominated by the London Assembly following a campaign asking Londoners to suggest women worthy of a blue plaque.
Anna Eavis, English Heritage’s curatorial director, said: ‘It was considered in the normal way and the panel felt it was a really good case. Diana is undeniably a really significant figure of the late 20th century. She made a huge impact and was very popular.’
Eavis also highlighted how Diana raised awareness of issues such as landmines and homelessness, and helped to destigmatise sicknesses such as HIV, leprosy and depression. ‘It seems fitting that we should erect a plaque commemorating her work and influence in what would have been her 60th year.’ Princess Diana would have been 60 on 1st July 2021.
As well as the Princess Diana blue plaque, English Heritage expect to put up 12 plaques for the London scheme this year, Eavis said, with half of them for women as part of their ‘plaques for women’ campaign. Since the first blue plaque was erected 150 years ago, there are now over 900, but only about 14 per cent are for women.