WHEN a young Lady Diana Spencer wed the future King of England, Prince Charles, it was deemed a fairytale come to life.
We all know that that the marriage didn’t last, but before that, the couple had the most spectacular wedding which was watched by millions of people all around the world.
How old was Princess Diana when she married Prince Charles?
Princess Diana started a relationship with Prince Charles when she was just 18.
Following a whirlwind romance, the pair married when the teenage Lady Di was just 19-years-old.
However, Charles and Diana met years before that when he was dating her sister.
The future King was famously in a relationship with Lady Sarah Spencer, before Diana.
Who designed Princess Diana’s wedding dress?
Declared the “most closely guarded secret in fashion history,“ Lady Di’s wedding dress was a complete mystery until its dramatic unveiling on the big day.
Designed by husband-and-wife team David and Elizabeth Emanuel, Princess Diana’s ivory gown was intricately embroidered with sequins, frilled lace, and 10,000 pearls.
The dress cost an estimated £151,000, which in 2020 money would be around £310,000.
The fabric for the dress was specially spun at a British silk farm and had a train that was 25-feet long.
To add to tradition, Diana wore the Spencer family tiara, an 18th century-era heirloom.
Unfortunately, Diana’s dress was famously creased at the bottom.
This was because the princess-in-waiting had to be stuffed into her carriage on the way to St. Paul’s Cathedral, due to the excessive amount of fabric used for the dress.
Designer Elizabeth Emanuel told the Daily Mail that the gown had to be “folded over and over” which caused the wrinkles.
When did Princess Diana and Prince Charles get married?
The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer took place on Wednesday July 29, 1981 at St Paul’s Cathedral.
The ceremony was a traditional Church of England wedding service.
The dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, Alan Webster, presided at the service, and the archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, conducted the marriage.
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How many people watched the royal wedding?
3,500 guests made up the congregation at St Paul’s Cathedral, but just 120 were invited to the reception at Buckingham Palace.
Two million spectators lined the route of Diana’s procession from Clarence House, with 4,000 police and 2,200 military officers drafted in to manage the crowds.
An estimated 750 million people watched the ceremony worldwide on TV, with the event broadcast in 50 countries and 100 television companies covering it.