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The streets of London were packed with some 600,000 people eager to catch a glimpse of Prince Charles, heir to the throne of the United Kingdom, and Lady Diana Spencer daughter of one of England’s premier Peers, Earl Spencer, on their wedding day.

The couple were married by the Archbishop of Canterbury at St Paul’s Cathedral before an invited congregation of 3,500 and an estimated global TV audience of 750 million – making it the most popular programme ever broadcast.

Most Britons enjoyed a national holiday to mark the occasion. I was one who didn’t as I was in hospital in Inverness in great pain following surgery but I do remember watching the event on television through a morphine-induced haze.

The marriage of Charles and Diana was widely billed as a “fairytale wedding” and the “wedding of the century” but as the world now knows the fairytale turned sour.

Charles and Diana separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996. On 31st August 1997 Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris along with her companion Dodi Fayed and their driver Henri Paul.

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2 Responses to “July 29th 1981: The Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer”

  1. Chauhan says:

    Thank you for reminding us of this event. I was in London on that day being a student at SOAS. I remember well the excitement.

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