Princess Diana: Stunning never-seen-before wedding photo released
A Stunning photograph of Princess Diana arriving at St Paul’s Cathedral on her wedding day has been published for the first time.
The picture, taken by schoolboy Stephen Huntley on July 29 1981, has been released on the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death.
It shows a smiling Diana adjusting her veil before leaving her carriage to enter the cathedral ahead of her marriage to Prince Charles.
Tens of thousands of well-wishers lined the streets of London that day and upwards of 750 million people watched the ceremony on their television sets across the globe.
Diana’s huge ivory dress, designed by David Emmanuel and his now ex-wife Elizabeth, was covered in layers of tulle, net and silk and overlaid with 10,000 pearls.
Costing £1,050 to make at the time – £4,140 in today’s money – it has since become one of the world’s most iconic wedding dresses.
But the fairytale was short-lived and the marriage was fraught with problems from the world go.
Indeed, the very first cracks appeared before they were married when, asked if they were in love, Prince Charles replied: “Whatever ‘in love’ means.”
But the royal marriage charmed the nation, as did the arrival of Prince William in 1982 and Prince Harry in 1984.
The first reports of difficulties in the royal marriage began to emerge a year later but it was not until December 1992 that the then Prime Minister John Major announced Charles and Diana were to separate amicably.
The Queen urged Charles and Diana to divorce and on August 28, 1996, their final divorce decree was granted.
Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris a year later, along with Dodi Fayed and their driver Henri Paul.
On September 6, 1997, tens of thousands of people once again lined the streets of London while around the world hundreds of millions more were glued to their television sets.
But this time it was to say goodbye to the People’s Princess as her funeral service took place at Westminster Abbey.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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