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1981: Wedding of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral in London

1981: Wedding of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral in London
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons/Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer

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  • Historical event
  • 29 July 1981
  • Princess Diana's wedding dress had a train almost eight meters long. The dress was embroidered with 10,000 pearls and to this day it remains one of the most famous wedding dresses in history.

On this day in 1981, the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer took place at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

It was a world popular media event watched by hundreds of millions of people. At the time of the wedding, Prince Charles was 32 years old and Diana had just turned 20.

St Paul’s Cathedral in London was chosen to host the wedding, reportedly because it offers more seats than the much older Westminster Abbey, which is traditionally used for royal coronations and other ceremonies. 

The wedding service was presided over by the Most Reverend Robert Runcie (the Archbishop of Canterbury) and the Very Reverend Alan Webster (the Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral).

Princess Diana’s wedding dress had an almost eight meters long train. The dress was embroidered with 10,000 pearls and to this day it remains one of the most famous wedding dresses in history.

 Diana wore the Spencer tiara that has been in her family for generations (Diana was the daughter of The Earl Spencer).

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