Tomorrow morning, Kate Middleton and Prince William will exchange vows at Westminster Abbey! We haven’t been this excited for a royal wedding since Lady Diana Spencer wed Prince Charles thirty years ago on July 29.
That summer day, over 700 million people (including us!) from 58 countries tuned in. In London, crowds of 600,000 filled the streets, all to catch a glimpse of Lady Diana and witness what would be the wedding of the century.
In a glass carriage drawn by beautiful horses, Lady Diana arrived (almost on time) at St. Paul’s Cathedral with style rivaling Cinderella’s.
Up until that moment, Lady Diana’s gown had been a complete mystery. The designers, David and Elizabeth Emmanuel, and their seamstresses had all been sworn to secrecy. Things were so secret that Diana had a spare gown different from the first ready and waiting in case the details of the original were leaked (or she changed her mind).
Very dramatic for the time, Diana’s gown was made of ivory silk taffeta, antique lace, ruffles and silk organza. At her request, it also had a record-breaking train. How long? After a lot of research of past royal weddings, her designer discovered that the longest train in royal history had been 20 feet. So Diana settled for 25!
As Lady Diana made the 3 ½ minute walk down Westminster Abbey’s aisle to meet her prince, her spectacular train was covered with an equally long veil. Hand sewn with thousands and thousands of sequins, it perfectly complimented the drama of her gown.
Then we glimpsed the brilliant Spencer tiara adorning Diana’s head. It was absolutely magnificent! In her family since around 1919, the tiara was made of gold, set entirely with diamonds and had a repeated design of scrolls, tulips, flowers. It was a perfect finishing touch for the beautiful princess!
Following their 90-minute ceremony, like something out of a storybook, the newlyweds traveled through the streets of London to Buckingham Palace by an open horse-drawn carriage. Arriving on the balcony at the Palace, Princess Diana and Prince Charles delighted everyone by sharing a very public kiss. With that, the couple retired to a private reception with 120 of their closest family and friends for a celebration breakfast.
Though the story of Princess Diana and Prince Charles did not have a happy ending, their wedding day was right out of a fairy tale and the world will never forget it.
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