Diana, Princess of Wales, has been honoured with a blue plaque at her former London flat.
The princess lived at 60 Coleherne Court, a property in a mansion block close to the fashionable King’s Road in Chelsea, when she settled in the capital as a young woman before marrying the Prince of Wales in 1981.
She shared the flat with a number of girlfriends from 1979 to 1981 including Virginia Clarke (nee Pitman), who helped unveil the English Heritage plaque during a ceremony on Wednesday.
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.
The highest profile former member of the monarchy to be bestowed the honour, Diana was nominated by the London Assembly after the body ran a campaign asking Londoners to suggest women worthy of a blue plaque.
She is being recognised during a year when she would have celebrated her 60th birthday. She died in a Paris car crash in 1997.
Clarke, Diana’s flatmate at Coleherne Court, said:
Curatorial director at English Heritage, Anna Eavis, said:
Andrew Boff, chairman of the London Assembly, said:
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