Watch: Princess Diana honoured with blue plaque outside former flat
Princess Diana's brother has said the blue plaque planned to mark where she lived before she married Prince Charles will commemorate a "very happy place" for her.
Diana, who died in 1997, lived at 60 Coleherne Court in Earl's Court, west London, before she married Prince Charles, in a flat which was bought for her by her mother, Frances Shand Kydd.
The princess described the years she lived there as "the happiest time of her life”, according to Andrew Morton’s book Diana, In Her Own Words.
She was reported to have a sign reading "Chief Chick" above her bedroom door, and charged her flatmates £18 a week as a landlady.
On Thursday English Heritage said they would be honouring Diana with a blue plaque at the London flat, making her the highest profile former member of the Royal Family to be given the honour.
Confirming the news, Earl Spencer said in his tweet: “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.”
The flat cost £50,000 when it was bought for her as an 18th birthday present.
Diana left the flat in February 1981, the night before her engagement to Prince Charles was announced.
Kydd sold the flat after Diana married Charles for a reported £100,000. Flats in the block sell for £1.4m these days.
Diana was nominated for a plaque by the London Assembly after it asked for suggestions of women to receive the honour.
English Heritage’s curatorial director Anna Eavis said the princess's campaign work on issues like HIV/AIDS and landmines as well as her enduring appeal as "an inspiration and cultural icon to many" were deciding factors in choosing her to receive the honour.
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 de-stigmatising HIV/Aids and also towards the very end of her life campaigned in those anti-landmine campaigns which was also very important.”
As well as Diana, five other women will be honoured with blue plaques. They are crystallographer and peace campaigner Dame Kathleen Lonsdale, fashion designer Jean Muir, anti-slavery campaigner and former slave Ellen Craft, barrister Helena Normanton and social reformer Caroline Norton.
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