A year later Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris. But what happened to the rest of the wedding party?

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The official royal wedding party photo from 1981 - but where are they now Photo (C) GETTY
The official royal wedding party photo from 1981 - but where are they now Photo (C) GETTY

A year later Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris. But what happened to the rest of the wedding party?

AS Britain prepares to mark 20 years since Princess Diana’s untimely death today marks 36 years since her wedding to Prince Charles.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles married on July 29, 1981 and famously separated after five years of marriage.

The official royal wedding party photo from 1981 - but where are they now Photo (C) GETTY
The official royal wedding party photo from 1981 – but where are they now Photo (C) GETTY

Some 3,5000 people attended the wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral including European royalty and heads of state.

An estimated 750 million people watched the wedding ceremony on television, with two million wellwishers lining the streets of London.

Princess Diana’s wedding dress designed by the Emanuels became one of the most iconic royal wedding dresses of all time.

Her father John Spencer, the late 8th Earl Spencer walked her down the aisle as her five young bridesmaids, including Princess Margaret’s daughter Lady Sarah, and two page boys led the procession.

Prince Andrew and Prince Edward were Charles’s supporters, effectively his best men.

The marriage, which saw the couple have two children Prince William and Harry, ended to public outcry when then-Prime Minister John Major announced the split in Parliament in on December 9, 1992.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles divorced on August 28, 1996 following public clashes dubbed the “the War of the Waleses”.

A year later Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris. But what happened to the rest of the wedding party?

Read on to find out what happened to each of the special guests at Prince Charles & Princess Diana's wedding Photo (C) GETTY
Read on to find out what happened to each of the special guests at Prince Charles & Princess Diana’s wedding Photo (C) GETTY

 

1. CAPTAIN MARK PHILLIPS

Captain Mark Phillips, the former husband of Princess Anne, had already won an Olympic gold medal for equestrianism when he arrived as a guest at the royal wedding.

Although married to Princess Anne at the time of the photo, the couple divorced in 1992 and Captain Phillips married his second wife, American horse rider Sandy Pflueger, in 1997. However, the pair split in 2012.

He remains a leading figure in equestrian circles and is a columnist in Horse & Hound magazine.

2. PRINCE ANDREW

Prince Andrew, the Queen’s third child after Charles and Anne, was 21 when Charles and Diana got married.

He married Sarah Ferguson, a childhood friend, at Westminster Abbey in July 1986 where he was created Duke of York, Earl of Inverness and Baron Killyleagh. The couple had two children, Beatrice and Eugenie, but divorced in 1996.

Prince Andrew went on to work as a Trade Envoy but quickly became known as ‘Airmails Andy’ in the British press after racking up huge travel costs for his overseas engagements.

He also garnered some criticism over the years for his odd friendships with the son of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, convicted Libyan gun smuggler Tarek Kaituni, and convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

3. VISCOUNT LINLEY (NOW THE EARL OF SNOWDON)

Princess Margaret’s son was already studying woodcraft in 1981 and has made a name for himself as a furniture maker, selling his work in Harrods and writing books on the subject.

Now 55, he married Serena Stanhope in 1993 and they have two children.

His daughter Margarita was a bridesmaid for William and Kate.

Poor Prince Charles fell firmly into the trap of the awkward greeting when he was spotted
Poor Prince Charles fell firmly into the trap of the awkward greeting when he was spotted

4. PRINCE PHILIP

Prince Philip was 56 when his eldest son Charles married Princess Diana and in the years since the royal wedding, the Queen’s husband has remained a loyal consort to the monarch.

He now has eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and is a patron, president or member of over 780 organisations and serves as chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Prince Philip is the oldest-ever male member of the British royal family and earlier this year, Buckingham Palace announced that he would be retiring from public duties.

Renowned for his sense of humour, the Duke of Edinburgh has a reputation for making politically-incorrect gaffes, which despite concerns have actually earned him a loyal fan base.

Members of Britain's Royal family from left, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Princess Eugenie, Queen Elizabeth II, background Timothy Laurence
Members of Britain’s Royal family from left, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Princess Eugenie, Queen Elizabeth II, background Timothy Laurence

5. PRINCE EDWARD

A teenager at the time of the wedding, Edward went on to study history at Cambridge.

After dropping out of the Marines he founded entertainment company Ardent but it struggled and he eventually returned to full-time royal duties.

Now 53, he married PR executive Sophie Rhys-Jones, now the Countess of Wessex, in 1999 and they have two children.

He lives with his family in Surrey and is now ninth in line to the throne.

6. PRINCESS DIANA

Diana, aged just 20, beams in her stunning wedding gown while surrounded by the royal couple’s closest family and friends.

On June 21, 1982, Doana gave birth to her first son and heir to the throne, Prince William, with his younger brother Harry born two years later.

Unfortunately, the marriage did not last and Charles and Diana divorced in 1996, just a few months before her tragic death in a car crash in Paris, aged just 36.

7. PRINCE CHARLES

The match with Diana proved to be a disaster and he eventually turned to his old flame Camilla.

The breakdown of his marriage to Diana threw the monarchy into crisis – Charles and Diana announced their separation in 1992 and were divorced four years later.

Following Diana’s death there was widespread opposition to Camilla but the couple won the public over, marrying in 2005.

At times Charles has appeared to struggle with his role as heir and he has recently faced allegations of meddling in politics but he has slowly regained his old popularity.

9. LADY JANE FELLOWES

Lady Jane Fellowes, one of Diana’s two older sisters, was just 24-years-old when her younger sister married into the Royal family.

She had given birth to her daughter Laura in the year before the wedding, with a son and another daughter coming shortly afterwards.

Lady Jane often shies away from the public spotlight but gave her first interview after the death of her sister in October 2013, when she spoke out to support young people drawn into a life of crime.

10. CHARLES SPENCER (EARL SPENCER)

Charles Spencer is the younger brother of Diana and was just 17-years-old when his sister became a member of the royal family.

He has written in a number of British newspapers over the years and published a series of books about his family history.

He became Earl Spencer after his father died in 1992 and was a member of the House of Lords until the hereditary peers were excluded from the upper chamber in 1999.

Earl Spencer has seven children from three wives and is currently married to Karen Spencer, a Canadian entrepreneur.

11. ROBERT FELLOWES

Robert Fellowes married Lady Jane Fellowes, Diana’s elder sister, three years before the Royal wedding.

He spent more than 20 years in the Royal Household, serving as the Queen’s private secretary between 1990-99. He became Baron Fellowes in 1990 when the Queen made him a life peer.

12. PRINCESS ANNE

The marriage of the Queen’s only daughter to Mark Phillips was to suffer the same fate as her brother’s.

After producing two children it ended officially in 1992, clearing the way for the Princess Royal to wed Royal Navy commander (now Vice Admiral) Sir Timothy Laurence.

She is patron of over 200 organisations and is the first member of the British Royal Family to compete in the Olympic Games.

Now aged 66, she is a grandmother of three and is 12th in line to the throne.

13. PRINCESS MARGARET

The Queen’s younger sister was already battling health problems at the time of the wedding.

A heavy smoker, she had part of her lung removed in 1985 and later suffered a series of strokes.

Renowned for her colourful private life, Margaret died in 2002 at the age of 71.

14. THE QUEEN MOTHER

A sprightly octogenarian, the Queen Mother initially took Diana under her wing.

But following the divorce relations cooled. Diana believed the Queen Mother plotted against her; the Queen Mother considered Diana indiscreet.

She died in 2002 aged 101.

15. THE QUEEN

Her son’s marriage to Diana preceded a time of turbulence for the monarch.

The marriages of three of her children broke up in 1992 hitting the popularity of the monarchy and that same year a devastating fire broke out at Windsor Castle.

However Her Majesty oversaw a gradual upturn in fortunes, culminating in her Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and the marriage of grandson William to Kate Middleton.

The Queen, now 91, is Britain’s longest reigning monarch and has eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

16. INDIA HICKS

India Hicks, then 13, went to become perhaps the most glamorous of Diana’s five bridesmaids and enjoyed a decade-long modelling career in the US.

She trained as a photographer and after modelling came to an end, she went into interior designing before becoming a creative director of Crabtree and Evelyn.

India, now 49, lives in the Bahamas with her partner David Flint Wood and their four sons.

17. SARAH ARMSTRONG-JONES

The only daughter of Princess Margaret was the oldest bridesmaid at 17. She studied art and became a professional painter.

In 1994 Lady Sarah married actor Daniel Chatto after meeting on a film set in India where she was working as a wardrobe assistant.

Both Charles and Diana attended the wedding separately – he had admitted adultery the previous month. Lady Sarah, a favourite of the Queen, has two sons and still exhibits her work in galleries.

18. FRANCES SHAND KYDD

Diana’s mother had a rocky relationship with her daughter and it later emerged that the pair had not spoken for four months before Diana’s death.

She married twice – first to The Earl Spencer, Diana’s father, and later to Peter Shand Kydd. Unfortunately, both ended in divorce.

In later life she became known for her charity work, including taking disabled people to Lourdes.

She became a Roman Catholic and lived alone in a bungalow in western Scotland, where she died in 2004 aged 68.

Friends said she never got over the loss of Diana and became a virtual recluse.

19. EARL SPENCER

Diana’s father Earl Spencer gave the bride away, something friends were concerned he would not be able to do having previously suffered a brain haemorrhage, but the day went well.

After his divorce from Frances, “Johnnie” Spencer as he was known had a happy second marriage to Raine McCorquodale, previously the Duchess of Dartmouth and the daughter of novellist Barbara Cartland, although relations were frosty between her and Spencer’s children.

Spencer died of a heart attack aged 68 in 1992.

20. LADY SARAH MCCORQUODALE

Diana’s eldest sister, Lady Sarah was 26 when her younger sister married Prince Charles.

She married Neil McCorquodale, son of British Olympian Alistair McCorquodale, the year before Diana got married and the couple have three children – Emily, George and Celia. Lady Sarah and her family live near Grantham, Lincolnshire and she served as the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire fir a brief period in 2009.

Lady Sarah was also president of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, which raised £100million for various charities.

21. NEIL MCCORQUODALE

Neil McCorquodale became Diana’s brother-in-law the year before she married Prince Charles. He served as a Coldstream Guards officer and now resides in Lincolnshire with his wife, Lady Sarah McCorquodale.

The couple have three children – Emily, George and Celia.

22. EDWARD van CUTSEM

Page boy Edward, aged eight at the time of the wedding, is a godson of Charles.

He went to Eton and in 2004 married Lady Tamara Grosvenor, the daughter of the Duke of Westminster who is one of Britain’s richest men.

Princes William and Harry were ushers at the wedding although their father did not attend.

The couple have two sons and Edward, who works in banking, is a close friend of Princes William and Harry.

23. CLEMENTINE HAMBRO

Clementine, the sobbing bridesmaid, was Diana’s favourite pupil at her former workplace, the Young England kindergarten, in London’s Pimlico.

She went on to drama school and worked in the US as an actress where she called off her wedding to a financier weeks before the big day.

She later married Orlando Fraser, the son of historian Antonia Fraser, in 2006. The couple have four children and Clemmie, a great-granddaughter of Winston Churchill, now lives in London and writes about gardening.

She once said of Diana’s big day: “The fact that I was a bridesmaid at all was a quirk of fate; an incredible piece of luck. Diana was 20 when she married and she cannot have had any friends who had children.

“But occasionally… I allow myself to revisit the day of silk and gold shoes and horse-drawn carriages and I realise just how very lucky I was.”

24. CATHERINE CAMERON

The last of Diana’s bridesmaids was six-year-old Catherine Cameron, whose mother was a friend of Prince Charles.

Educated at St Mary’s Ascot and Edinburgh University, she works as a literary agent.

Poor Catherine was actually very allergic to horses and spent a significant period of the wedding “miserably blowing her little nose on her petticoats”, according to fellow bridesmaid India Hicks.

25. SARAH-JANE GASELEE

Bridesmaid Sarah-Jane, then aged 11, regarded Diana as her “big sister”. She worked in the hotel industry before marrying film producer Paul Andrews.

Now a mother of two, she divides her time between their plantation home in Barbados and London, where she hosts upmarket tours of Diana’s old haunts.

She claims to be a “leading authority” on the Princess and says the tours are “the next best thing to a day out with Diana herself”.

She sold her bridesmaid dress to Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, in 1999 for an estimated £11,000 in 1999 – a decision she allegedly “bitterly regrets”.

26. LORD NICHOLAS WINDSOR

The 11-year-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Kent was another page boy.

He later studied theology at Oxford but dropped out and was cautioned for possession of cannabis.

In 2001 he converted to Catholicism, forfeiting his right of succession to the throne and, five years later, married Countess Paola Doimi de Lupis.

Now 46, Lord Windsor lives in Italy with his wife and three children.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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