Queen's birthplace gets 100th plaque honour

History: The Queen's birthplace in Piccadilly recognised
History: The Queen's birthplace in Piccadilly recognised
The birthplace of Her Majesty the Queen at 17 Bruton Street in London's Piccadilly has been decorated with a Green Plaque – the 100th to be awarded by Westminster City Council.The plaque was formally unveiled by the Royal Biographer, Hugo Vickers, Lord Lieutenant Sir David Brewer and the Deputy Leader of Westminster Council, Cllr Robert Davis.

Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was on born 21 April 1926 at the London home of the Queen Mother's parents, the Earl and Countess of Strathmore.

The Princess spent the first few months of her life living at the residence, which had been previously used by her mother before her marriage. It is currently used as an office. Princess Elizabeth’s early years were spent at 145 Piccadilly, the London house taken by her parents shortly after her birth, and at White Lodge in Richmond Park.

Launched in 1991, The Green Plaque Scheme draws attention to particular buildings in Westminster associated with people of renown who have made lasting contributions to society. To date, the Council has marked the lives of many global icons; from the first plaque to Sir Winston Churchill to Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edward Elgar, Jeremy Bentham and the Bee Gees.

Speaking at the unveiling, Cllr Robert Davis, Deputy Leader of Westminster Council, said: “It is now more than 20 years since we launched our Green Plaque scheme to commemorate some of our most famous former residents.

 “During this time, we have marked the lives of many global icons; from the first plaque to Sir Winston Churchill, our unveilings have paid tribute to Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edward Elgar, Jeremy Bentham, the Bee Gees and Sir Francis Chichester; to name but a few.

 “But it is today, as we unveil the 100th plaque in our scheme, that we gather to pay tribute to our most famous resident, Her Majesty the Queen.

 “Today Queen Elizabeth II’s popularity remains as great as ever both at home and abroad. Our Monarch is a true global leader, an icon, and an inspiration to all who have ever had the fortune to meet her - and this all stems from this very house here at 17 Bruton Street.”

20:32 12/07/2012