A London apartment where Diana Spencer lived before she became the Princess of Wales has been awarded a blue plaque, making it an official tourist site now, according to CNN.
The painting was placed in Culhern Court, Old Brompton Street, Kensington on September 29, after a successful campaign led by the Council of London.
“Diana was, and still is, a very special place in the hearts of Londoners, and we are delighted to see the blue plaque officially placed as a tribute to her work to others,” Andrew Bove, President of the London Council, said at the unveiling ceremony.
The plaque reads: “Here lived Mrs. Diana Spencer, Later Princess of Wales, 1979-1981.”
The two years Diana spent in this apartment were significant in her life. The late princess bought this apartment with the money she inherited from her grandmother, and its price at the time was 50,000 pounds ($67,000).
Diana moved to London at the age of 18 and worked as a babysitter in a kindergarten. She began dating Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, in 1980, only to be formally engaged a year later.
As the princess’s profile grew, Culhern Court’s apartment was regularly besieged by paparazzi who were hoping to snap pictures of the future princess. After Diana became engaged to Prince Charles, her mother sold the apartment. It remains a private residence today.
“Lady Diana Spencer, later the Princess of Wales, is one of the most famous figures in modern British history,” said a statement from the English Heritage Foundation, a charity that manages more than 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites in England.
“Her turbulent marriage to Prince Charles and her subsequent relationships have been the subject of extensive press coverage, but she has earned a good reputation for her great charitable and humanitarian work,” the statement continued.
The Blue Plaque is the second important monument to Diana to be unveiled in 2021, the year she was supposed to have turned 60.
In July, her two sons, Princes William and Harry, together unveiled a statue of their mother in the garden of Kensington Palace.
These blue plaques are placed on buildings in England associated with important historical figures and are held by English Heritage. Discovering the blue plates is a popular pastime for tourists and history lovers.