The wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana was one of the biggest events in the history of the Royal Family and was watched by 750 million people around the world.
The July 29, 1981 ceremony was described as the wedding of the century and crowds of 600,000 people gathered in the streets of London.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer tied the knot just five months after their engagement, while Diana claimed to have seen Charles only 13 times between the start of their courtship and their big day.
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There was collective inspiration as the bride exited the horse-drawn carriage and ascended the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral, finally revealing the voluminous wedding dress that had been dubbed “the best-kept secret in history. fashion”. mirror reports.
The gorgeous ivory silk and antique lace gown featured over 10,000 pearls and a 25-foot train, which designer Elizabeth Emanuel says was created to make Diana “look like a fairytale princess.”
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After the ceremony, the newlyweds waved and smiled as they were driven in an open car through the ecstatic crowd to Buckingham Palace.
Prince Charles had been so nervous during the ceremony that he forgot to kiss Diana after her vows, so he caught up on the balcony, starting a royal tradition.
The following year, Diana gave birth to a son, Prince William, and the royal family was enjoying a wave of popularity not seen in decades.
Royal biographer Penny Junor describes a happy home during the early years.
“People who visited Kensington Palace in the early 1980s describe Diana charging the house in search of William who had run away and hid under his father’s desk at bedtime.
“Others describe Charles chasing Diana down the stairs. I think there were really good times.
In March 1983, the Princess of Wales embarked on her first overseas tour – and her very first overseas trip – at just 22 years old. Diana, Charles and their baby William spent over 40 days in Australia and New Zealand.
The iconic tour left royal watchers in no doubt that Diana’s fame had already largely eclipsed that of the future king.
But while the tour was considered a success, others later suggested that the attention it was given to it by the press and the public caused tension in their marriage.
Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton, who wrote Diana: Her True Story, later wrote: “In public, Charles accepted the revised status quo graciously; privately he blamed Diana.
Still, the couple seemed happy and deeply in love, sharing tender moments, holding hands and sharing a famous romantic dance at a gala dinner in Sydney.
A year later, Diana gave birth to the couple’s second son, Prince Harry.
In just four years of marriage, the princess had fulfilled her royal duty by the book, providing an heir and a spare and helping the royal family remain popular and relevant.
But things changed drastically after the birth, as Diana told Morton, “Suddenly when Harry was born it just blew up, our marriage just fell apart. Something in me is dead.
Diana added that the period between William and Harry’s births was also “total darkness”, Express reports.
The Princess explained how unhappy she was towards Mr. Morton and the betrayal she felt upon learning of Prince Charles’ infidelities.
She highlighted the loneliness and isolation she felt at Kensington Palace and her struggles with mental illness.
Heartbreakingly, Diana chose 1984 as the year she really started to deteriorate. It was here that the seams started to separate and the age gap between her and Charles – Diana, 24, Charles, 36 – began to appear.
She also explained how she did things differently from other members of the Royal Family and was keenly aware of it.
It is reported that in 1986 Charles rekindled his romance with Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall.
The prince has previously said he has tried everything to prevent the marriage from falling apart.
On Thursday July 1, Prince Harry and Prince William will attend a low-key ceremony in Kensington Palace Gardens, where a statue and memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales, will be unveiled.
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