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Former London home of Diana, Princess of Wales to be granted English Heritage Blue Plaque

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Princess Diana outside her flat, Coleherne Court, 1980

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It’s hard to imagine, almost 25 years after her tragic death, but this year on 1 July would have been Diana, Princess of Wales’ 60th birthday. The occasion is set to be marked by a new statue of the royal, commissioned by her sons Princes William and Harry, which will be unveiled at Kensington Palace in the summer. Yet there is also another new way that Diana is to be remembered, as one of six women being awarded a Blue Plaque by English Heritage.

The late Princess was chosen after a campaign by the London assembly asking for suggestions. ‘It was considered in the normal way and the panel felt it was a really good case,’ said Anna Eavis, English Heritage’s curatorial director. ‘Diana is undeniably a really significant figure of the late 20th century. She made a huge impact and was very popular. It seems fitting that we should erect a plaque commemorating her work and influence in what would have been her 60th year.’

After finishing school, the then Lady Diana Spencer lived in a flat given to her as an 18th birthday present by her parents in Coleherne Court in the West London suburb of Earl’s Court. It was here that the 19-year-old was first hounded by the paparazzi, desperate to photograph the future wife of a future King. She lived there with three flatmates while working as a nursery nurse; Carolyn Pride, Virginia Pitman and Anne Bolton. The flat was recently featured in the fourth series of Netflix’s hit, The Crown.

Princess Diana with the media, outside Coleherne Court, 1980

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Others whose lives will be remembered by a Blue Plaque include

Helena Normanton, a pioneering lawyer who was the first woman in England to practise at the bar, the crystallographer Kathleen Lonsdale, fashion designer Jean Muir, anti-slavery campaigner Ellen Craft and Caroline Norton, who fought for fairer divorce laws for women in the 19th century. The move is part of a drive to increase the number of Plaques for women, after it was revealed that they only make up 14 per cent of the total number. There are to be 12 new Blue Plaques this year, with six for women.

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