What's with the Coco Chanel lampposts?

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Take a stroll around the City of Westminster and you’ll notice that the lampposts are adorned with the unmistakable shape of the Coco Chanel logo in gold and black. But why?  

Coco Chanel Westminster lampposts

Coco Chanel is mainly associated with Paris where she lived, launched her collections and died, aged 87, in 1971.

But she also had links with Britain and especially the British aristocracy. As well as having associations with Winston Churchill and Edward, the Prince of Wales, Chanel was in a romantic relationship with Hugh Grosvenor, The Duke of Westminster between 1924 and the early 1930s.

Hugh Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster and Coco Chanel

Legend states that the Duke had the lampposts in Westminster embossed with her CC logo, alongside his W crest, for Westminster, as a token of his affection.

It was rumoured that this was in anticipation of a marriage proposal, which Coco turned down saying “There have been many Duchesses of Westminster, but only one Coco Chanel”.

A romantic gesture but just not true. The fact is the lampposts were installed in the 1950s and the CC simply stands for City Council and the W for Westminster, being the local authority.

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