Diana, the life and legacy of the Princess of Wales, will be honored with a blue plaque on her London home.
English Heritage honors Diana with a “plaque” and will announce her location later in the year. However, it is believed to be the Earl’s Court apartment where she lived before marrying the Prince of Wales in 1981.
Diana is the most famous former member of the monarchy to be honored and was nominated by the London Assembly after the body ran a campaign asking Londoners to propose women worthy of a blue plaque.
Anna Eavis, curatorial director of English Heritage, said the princess’s campaigns to highlight topics such as HIV / AIDS and landmines – and her continued appeal as “an inspiration and cultural icon for many” were key factors.
Diana’s parents bought their 60 Coleherne Court, a mansion property near fashionable King’s Road in Chelsea, when she settled in the capital as a young woman.
She shared the apartment with a number of friends and is said to have a sign above her bedroom door that reads “Chief Chick”.
Diana described the few years she lived in the triple apartment as “the happiest time of her life,” according to Andrew Morton’s book Diana, In Her Own Words.
“It was youthful, innocent, straightforward, and most of all, fun. I laughed my head there, ”she said.
When she started dating Charles, Diana reportedly lived with friends Anne Bolton and Virginia Pitman, billed her roommates £ 18 a week, and was said to have been a proud young woman who set up a cleaning rota.
The apartment was reportedly bought by her parents for £ 50,000 when the Princess – then Lady Diana Spencer – was 18 and was working at Young England Kindergarten in Pimlico, central London.
Ms. Eavis said, “Her profile and popularity remain undiminished nearly 25 years after her death and part of that was clearly the ease with which she appeared to communicate with everyone.
“I think what the panel came up with when considering her nomination was that she is undoubtedly a significant figure in late 20th century Britain, with a close London association evident.
“She has undoubtedly played an important role in destigmatizing HIV / AIDS and campaigning towards the end of her life in those anti-landmine campaigns that were also very important.”