PRINCESS Diana forgot her own wedding anniversary, unearthed letters have revealed.
Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer on July 29, 1981 in a fairytale ceremony that was beamed all over the world. Today marks 39 years since that historic day that carved out a unique era in the Royal Family timeline. While it was an incredibly memorable occasion, Diana somehow managed to forget the exact day they tied the knot, letters she wrote to British Vogue editor Elizabeth Tilberis have revealed.
While the Princess of Wales tragically died in a car accident in Paris in 1997, there continues to be more insights into her life coming out each year.
An incredible cache of letters which the princess sent to Ms Tlberis between 1989 and 1992 were auctioned off last year, and few tidbits published.
They reveal how much Diana valued the British Vogue team and even personal details about her life, including the time she actually forgot her wedding anniversary.
The letter, dated March 5, 1991, includes Diana discussing the media surrounding her 10-year anniversary with Prince Charles ‒ however, she managed to get the exact date of the anniversary wrong.
Princess Diana forgot the date of her wedding anniversary (Image: GETTY)
Princess Diana in a carriage on her wedding day in 1981 (Image: GETTY)
She wrote: “Alas, I fear that there aren’t going to be any photographs released for my birthday in July ‒ there is too much of a build-up towards the 30th and 10 years of marriage…
“I do feel terribly that there is far too much of this lady in the media!”
However, it was not July 30 that was Charles and Diana’s wedding anniversary, but July 29.
Diana also gushed about her experiences with the British Vogue team.
Princess Diana’s astonishingly long train on her wedding day (Image: GETTY)
Writing on January 23, 1992, she said: “I feel very relaxed being with the ladies, so thank you for always thinking of me.”
She also name-dropped a particular favourite of hers: Patrick Demarchelier, a French photographer who shot Diana for the magazine’s December 1991 cover.
She wrote: “Patrick was a dream and I hope he will be happy with the results!”
The letters were auctioned off by Swann Auction in New York on March 21 last year.
Prince Charles and Diana relationship timeline (Image: EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS)
A spokesman for the auctioneers to the Express: “The correspondence sheds light on the growing warmth and friendship between the two as they collaborate on various Vogue shoots, detailing how much Diana clearly valued time spent with Tilberis and others.”
Princess Diana was considered, at the time, one of the most glamorous women in the world and her picture was often splashed across magazines and newspapers.
While she seemed to forget the date herself, Diana’s wedding was like nothing the world had ever seen before.
Billed as “the wedding of the century”, it took place at St Paul’s Cathedral and was watched by an estimated global TV audience of 750 million people.
Events were held around the Commonwealth to mark the wedding, and many street parties were held throughout the UK to celebrate.
The Church of England service was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie and presided over by the Deal of St Paul’s Cathedral Alan Webster.
It had a star-studded guest list that included members of other royal families, Republican heads of state and members of the bride and groom’s families.
Royal weddings since then have had to live up to the standard set by Charles and Diana, including Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s 1986 wedding, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 2018 wedding.
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011 cost less than Diana’s (inflation adjusted) (Image: GETTY)
While these were all beautiful in their own way, Charles and Diana’s was particularly special because the Prince of Wales was the heir apparent at the time of the wedding.
What’s more, Diana’s nuptials were even more extravagant than her sons’ with over double spent on it than each of the others, when inflation is accounted for.
Charles and Diana separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996 after fifteen years of marriage.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK