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History Revisited: Fascinating facts about Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding

The wedding was truly the stuff dreams are made of.

It is more than four decades since the world witnessed the magical wedding of Prince of Wales, Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. When they exchanged their vows, the archbishop famously declared that this was the stuff fairy tales was made, the happy prince and princess and how they lived happily ever after. Well, they didn’t quite live their married lives like a fairy tale, but still, we can’t help but reminisce their magical nuptials. Here are some of the fascinating facts you might not know about the royal wedding.

Lady Diana was the first bride in 300 years who didn’t have a royal title

Lady Diana Spencer was the first bride of Prince of Wales, who didn’t have any royal title in 300 years. She was also one of the first brides in a long time who was a citizen of Britain. But that does not mean that she was a commoner; her parents were Viscount and Viscountess Althrop.

The wedding was seen by 750 million viewers on the television

The wedding was a huge covered affair where almost 750 million people tuned in and watched the wedding. But this was not the first time that a royal wedding to telecast live on television. Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret’s wedding to Anthony Armstrong-Jones, was also telecasted live on television, which was watched by almost 300 million people across the globe.

Lady Diana’s wedding train was the longest amongst royal brides

The most striking part of Lady Diana’s wedding gown was her 25-feet-long train and veil, made of tulle, which was impressive 459-feet-long. It was both extravagant and spectacular. Designer Elizabeth Emanuel later confessed that the dramatic and extravagant design of the wedding gown was meant for a princess.

Her wedding gown was the industry’s top-secret

After their engagement and wedding day was announced, the media hounded fashion designers to uncover the details of the wedding gown. But everyone made extra efforts to keep the wedding gown a secret. The details of the gown were kept safe in sealed envelopes, and they were not opened until Princess Diana stepped into the glass coach at the Clarence House. They even made three different dresses to confuse the press till the last moment.

Their vows were modern and untraditional

Although this made it to major newspaper’s headlines, Princess Diana defied the age-old custom of omitting the word “obey” from her vows.

So,which fact surprised you the most?

Priyadarshini Kaul

Priyadarshini Kaul Mishra has two Master’s Degrees in English Literature and History. She is actively following her passion for the language by being a content creator since many years now. Besides this, Priyadarshini is a true bookworm at heart and tries to be an avid reader despite being a full-time mother now. She is also a professionally certified baker and puts on the oven mitts every now and then.
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