Diana Spencer Y charles of england married in a grand ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral in the presence of 2,650 guests, the couple’s romance was for the time the envy of the world. Their first child, Prince William, was born in 1982 and their second, Prince Harry, in 1984.
Lady Di was the first British citizen to marry an heir to the throne in more than 300 years, though she was far from a commoner. Diana was the daughter of Edward John Spencer and Frances Ruth Burke Roche, Viscount and Viscountess Althorp.
Charles briefly dated Diana’s older sister, Lady Sarah, before courting his future wife. He proposed to Diana with a 12-carat sapphire engagement ring surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds after meeting Diana just 13 times..
To the audience, the whirlwind romance between the shy 20-year-old kindergarten teacher and the crown prince was something out of a fairy tale.
The guest list was not without drama, although all the leaders of Europe were invited, some refused to attend.
The United States was represented by First Lady Nancy Reagan.
The “wedding of the century”
In the months leading up to the wedding, the public went into a frenzy over media coverage of the impending nuptials.
The wedding was broadcast in 74 countries and viewed by 750 million people worldwide. Americans set their alarm clocks early to tune in live, and in the UK, the wedding date, July 29, 1981, was declared a national holiday so more royal subjects could watch.
More than 600,000 spectators filled the streets of London hoping to see the Prince and Princess of Wales.
Princess Diana’s wedding dress was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, made of silk taffeta, it had the longest tail in royal history at 25 feet and was embroidered with 10,000 pearls. Princess Diana paired it with the Spencer tiara, a tiara that had been in her family for over 100 years, and a 153-yard veil.
Princess Diana was famous for being the first royal to omit the “obey” line from her traditional wedding vows, a deliberate choice that sparked controversy. There were several unplanned moments in the ceremony that also drew attention.
Prince Charles made a mistake by forgetting to kiss his bride at the altar after vows were exchanged, a mistake he made up for by kissing Diana on the balcony in front of jubilant crowds, a tradition repeated by his eldest son, Prince William. , at his 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton.
The marriage was not to last (Charles and Diana divorced in 1996), but the enduring legacy of the “wedding of the century” could be felt in fashion, culture and at the weddings of the couple’s childrenPrince William and Prince Harry, each of whom became global events in their own right.