Days ahead of what would have been his 70th birthday, the late legendary singer has been immortalised with a blue plaque at his childhood home in Feltham.
The plaque was unveiled earlier today by the Queen frontman’s bandmate Brian May and Mercury’s sister Kashmira Cooke, who said: “Mum and I are so proud and pleased that English Heritage is honouring our Freddie with a Blue Plaque, and that he will be amongst other famous names for ever. Secretly he would have been very proud and pleased too.”
Brian May, added: “It is a pleasant duty to help install this little reminder on Freddie’s parents’ house in Feltham. It was here that I first visited Freddie soon after we had met through a mutual friend.
“We spent most of the day appreciating and analysing in intimate detail the way that Jimi Hendrix had put his recordings together in the studio – listening to Hendrix on vinyl played on Freddie’s Dansette record player – which had stereo speakers on opposite sides of the box! Feltham was the childhood neighbourhood for both of us but we never knew it until we met in the cause of music.”
The commemorative plaques are used in London to signify landmarks connected to famous individuals, and often become major tourist attractions.
Freddie Mercury would have celebrated his 70th birthday on September 5, but died in 1991 at the age of 45.