‘It was her very happy place’: Earl Spencer welcomes plans for blue plaque honoring his sister Princess Diana in her former flat
- Earl Spencer described his sister’s house in Earl’s Court as a ‘very happy place’
- Princess Diana lived there before she married Prince Charles at St Paul’s in 1981
- He welcomes plans to honor her life and legacy with a blue plaque in the flat
- He tweeted a recreated image of the memorial stone and a photo of the final piece, thanking English Heritage for commemorating it.
Princess Diana’s brother has welcomed plans to honor her life and legacy with a blue plaque, which is expected to appear in her former flat.
Earl Spencer described his sister’s house in Earl’s Court, West London, as a ‘very happy place for Diana’ where she lived before marrying Prince Charles.
He tweeted a mock-up image of the memorial stone and a photo of the last piece that was taken, writing: ‘How wonderful that this blue plaque will go out at Coleherne Court – thank you @EnglishHeritage for commemorating so’ One very happy place for Diana in this way. ‘
English Heritage, which founded the tablet, said Diana has remained “ an inspiration and a cultural icon to many. ”
Princess Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, has welcomed plans to honor her life and legacy with a blue plaque, which is expected to appear in her former flat. Left in the photo: a replica of the memorial stone. Right: Lady Diana Spencer outside her flat in Coleherne Court, Kensington, London, 1980
She is one of six women to be commemorated with a plaque this year and is the most prominent former royal to receive one.
The flat, where she lived with friends between 1979 and 1981, was bought for her by her parents when she was 18. She described living there as “the happiest time of her life,” says biographer Andrew Morton.
Anna Eavis, curatorial director of English Heritage, said the Princess’s campaigns to raise awareness of issues such as HIV / AIDS and landmines, and her enduring appeal as ‘an inspiration and cultural icon for many’, were overriding factors.
Ms. Eavis said, “Her profile and popularity remain unabated for nearly 25 years after her death, and part of that was clearly the ease with which she seemed to communicate with everyone.
“I think what appealed to the panel when considering her nomination was that she is undeniably an important figure in late 20th century Britain, with a close London association.
“She was undeniably instrumental in destigmatizing HIV / AIDS and campaigning towards the end of her life in those anti-landmine campaigns that were also very important.”
Earl Spencer tweeted a mock-up image of the memorial stone and a photo of the last piece being made and wrote: This is a good place for Diana. ‘
English Heritage, which founded the tablet, said Diana has remained ‘an inspiration and a cultural icon for many’, thanking the Count for his ‘kind words’
Diana is recognized for a year that she is said to have celebrated her 60th birthday. She died in a car accident in Paris in 1997.
English Heritage has also announced the names of five other prominent women who will be recognized with a blue plaque.
The plaque honoring crystallographer and peace activist Dame Kathleen Lonsdale will be unveiled at her former home in East London on Thursday, 50 years after her death.
Others will be founded later this year for fashion designer Jean Muir, anti-slavery campaigner and former slave Ellen Craft, attorney Helena Normanton and social reformer Caroline Norton.