5 August 2011

Charles and Diana: The Wedding That Changed the World (Royal News Headlines)

Charles and Diana: The Wedding That Changed the World
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A fairy-tale romance between a prince and his princess-to-be. A sparkling sapphire and diamond engagement ring. A wedding watched around the world. Sounds like the royal wedding of Kate and Will. But actually, this royal wedding took place 30 years ago: On July 29, 1981, Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer. In many ways, it was the wedding that changed the world. Here, a look at the legacy.

Diana arrived in a glass, horse-drawn coach. The couple married at St. Paul's Cathedral in front of 3,500 guests. Outside, a crowd of 600,000 well-wishers filled the streets. And a global audience of 750 million tuned in to watch the wedding on TV -- the largest ever for such an event.

The 20-year-old bride wore an elaborate Emmanuel design with a 25-foot-long train (that was copied for years after she appeared in it), and memorably flubbed her 32-year-old groom's name when saying her vows, calling him Philip Charles instead of Charles Philip.

After the ceremony, the two emerged on the balcony of Buckingham Palace and kissed for the wildly enthusiastic throngs below.

The event marked the beginning of their lives together -- the start of a new popularity for the monarchy and a focus on Diana as style icon to be wildly imitated and adored. The romance with the "people's princess" lasted long after the marriage had collapsed.

Meanwhile, as Diana, Princess of Wales, the blushing bride became a global celebrity. Bob Houston, publisher of Royalty Monthly magazine, called the '80s the "decade of Diana." And added, "Diana was the spearhead of the American invasion of Britain, the celebrity culture."

Royal historian Hugo Vickers remembered how Diana changed the monarchy. Speaking on the phone from his home in Hampshire, England, he said, "Diana had a particular gift. She was brilliant in her way. She really did have a certain magnetism."

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