Inside the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana

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Inside the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana
A retrospective look back at the wedding of the century.
Before Harry and Meghan, before Wills and Kate, indeed even before the Princes’ and their spouses existed, there was another royal wedding that turned heads the world over.

An estimated 750 million people tuned into watch the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and it’s fair to say they were not disappointed.

There were thousands of flowers, enough white tulle to make several 80s-styled wedding gowns, a tiara fit for a Princess and, of course, the couple everyone wanted to see.

And while we all know the sad ending that eventuated from their relationship, there’s no denying the wedding was a memorable sight to behold.

Now, as Prince Charles reaches his 70th birthday – a big milestone for the Prince who has led a colourful life – what better time than the present to take a wander down memory lane and enjoy the best moments from his and Diana’s 1981 royal wedding.

Grab a cuppa, sit back and keep scrolling as we relive their 80s wedding in all its glory.

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A train as far as the eye can see! Princess Diana made her grand entrance into St Paul’s Cathedral with a frock that didn’t do things by halves! (Image Getty)

1 A train as far as the eye can see Princess Diana made her grand entrance into St Pauls Cathedral with a frock that didnt do things by halves Image Getty
1 A train as far as the eye can see Princess Diana made her grand entrance into St Pauls Cathedral with a frock that didnt do things by halves Image Getty

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Diana’s Ivory silk taffeta and antique lace gown was valued at a whopping AUD $270,000. (Image Getty)
Dianas Ivory silk taffeta and antique lace gown Image Getty
Dianas Ivory silk taffeta and antique lace gown Image Getty

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The couple were joined by 3,500 guests who gathered at St Paul’s Cathedral to watch the nuptials take place. (Image Getty)

9 The royal couple gracefully waved at onlookers as they exited the church Image Getty
9 The royal couple gracefully waved at onlookers as they exited the church Image Getty

The couple were joined by 3 500 guests who gathered at St Pauls Cathedral to watch the nuptials take place Image Getty
The couple were joined by 3 500 guests who gathered at St Pauls Cathedral to watch the nuptials take place Image Getty

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Charles wore his full naval commander uniform for the service, while a nervous Diana stumbled her words as she said her vows during the vows! (Image Getty)

Charles wore his full naval commander uniform for the service while a nervous Diana stumbled her words as she said her vows during the vows Image Getty
Charles wore his full naval commander uniform for the service while a nervous Diana stumbled her words as she said her vows during the vows Image Getty

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The royal couple had seven others in their bridal party including Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, daughter of the Earl of Snowdon and Princess Margaret and Clementine Hambro, the great-granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill. (Image Getty)
5 The royal couple had seven others in their bridal party including Lady Sarah Armstrong Jones daughter Image Getty
5 The royal couple had seven others in their bridal party including Lady Sarah Armstrong Jones daughter Image Getty

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Hats of all shapes and colours brightened up the ceremony. (Image Getty)

8 The bridesmaids certainly looked better behaved than some of the young royal wedding entourages weve seen of late Image Getty
8 The bridesmaids certainly looked better behaved than some of the young royal wedding entourages weve seen of late Image Getty

Hats of all shapes and colours brightened up the ceremony Image Getty
Hats of all shapes and colours brightened up the ceremony Image Getty

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The bridesmaids certainly looked better behaved than some of the young royal wedding entourages weve seen of late Image Getty
The bridesmaids certainly looked better behaved than some of the young royal wedding entourages weve seen of late Image Getty

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The bridesmaids certainly looked better behaved than some of the young royal wedding entourages we’ve seen of late! (Image Getty)
The royal couple gracefully waved at onlookers as they exited the church Image Getty
The royal couple gracefully waved at onlookers as they exited the church Image Getty

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The royal couple gracefully waved at onlookers as they exited the church. (Image Getty)

10 It wouldnt be a royal wedding without a carriage procession The couple smiled and waved to thousands of onlookers who lined the streets following the wedding Image Getty
10 It wouldnt be a royal wedding without a carriage procession The couple smiled and waved to thousands of onlookers who lined the streets following the wedding Image Getty

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It wouldn’t be a royal wedding without a carriage procession! The couple smiled and waved to thousands of onlookers who lined the streets following the wedding. (Image Getty)

11 Crowds flocked to get an eyeful of the royals on their big day Image Getty
11 Crowds flocked to get an eyeful of the royals on their big day Image Getty

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Crowds flocked to get an eyeful of the royals on their big day! (Image Getty)

12 Following the carriage procession the couple held a private dinner with 120 guests Image Getty
12 Following the carriage procession the couple held a private dinner with 120 guests Image Getty

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Following the carriage procession, the couple held a private dinner with 120 guests. (Image Getty)

13 In true royal tradition the newlyweds took to the balcony of Buckingham Palace for you guessed it more pictures Image Getty
13 In true royal tradition the newlyweds took to the balcony of Buckingham Palace for you guessed it more pictures Image Getty

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In true royal tradition, the newlyweds took to the balcony of Buckingham Palace for – you guessed it – more pictures! (Image Getty)

14 Much to the crowds delight the Queen and Prince Phillip also joined the couple on the balcony Image Getty
14 Much to the crowds delight the Queen and Prince Phillip also joined the couple on the balcony Image Getty

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Much to the crowds delight, the Queen and Prince Phillip also joined the couple on the balcony. (Image Getty)

15 Wed be amused by all those royal fanatics too The Queen and Diana shared a chuckle on the balcony Image Getty
15 Wed be amused by all those royal fanatics too The Queen and Diana shared a chuckle on the balcony Image Getty

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We’d be amused by all those royal fanatics too! The Queen and Diana shared a chuckle on the balcony. (Image Getty)

16 The money shot Image Getty
16 The money shot Image Getty

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The money shot! (Image Getty)

17 Charles and Diana who had a 13 year age difference between them looked smitten in their official photographs Image Getty
17 Charles and Diana who had a 13 year age difference between them looked smitten in their official photographs Image Getty

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Charles and Diana, who had a 13 year age difference between them, looked smitten in their official photographs. (Image Getty)