Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding and the transition of the couple to become the Prince and Princess of Wales was at a time when The Royal Family were enjoying a period of high popularity. The wedding was held on the 29th of July 1981 when TV audiences from around the globe showed their popularity and support for the Royals by tuning in in their millions. Research recently carried out by Betway reveals to this day Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding remains one of the greatest all-time events for international viewing figures. With 750 million viewers, a staggering 17% of the world’s population from 74 different countries watched the wedding live as it happened. Within the UK 28.4 million tuned in to watch the broadcast from St Paul’s Cathedral.
The wedding of the Royal couple took many months of planning and culminated in a rehearsal 2 days prior to the big event. This rehearsal took place in St Paul’s Cathedral and was followed by a large ball hosted by the Queen inside Buckingham Palace. Princess Diana certainly could not be ignored during this event wearing a skin-tight Emanuel gown in shocking pink.
A Very British Day
Such was the British public support for the couple that the route that Princess Diana would take from Clarence House to St Paul’s Cathedral was lined with 600,000 supporters and well-wishers. The crowds of well-wishers required a security force of combined Police and Military personnel that numbered 6200 individuals.
A public holiday had been made and declared to mark the event and it was clear the country was out in force to show their support. Princess Diana arrived for her wedding in the famous Royal Glass Coach having been cheered on her route unfailingly by the crowds that had turned out to wish her well.
The Royal couple’s wedding ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral was held at 11 am. Princess Diana was the centre of the world’s attention when she walked down the aisle accompanied by her father Earl Spencer. She looked perfect in an Ivory taffeta dress specifically designed for the Princess by David and Elizabeth Emanuel.
After The Wedding
After the ceremony, Prince Charles and Diana made the traditionally expected balcony appearance at Buckingham supported by their family and friends. It was at this point Prince Charles made good on his oversight in neglecting to seal his wedding vows with a kiss. As he did so, kissing Princess Diana on that balcony, the resulting photos would become an iconic image featured in many newspapers worldwide.
Princes Andrew and Edward had hatched a mischievous plan which later delighted the crowds as the Royal couple departed for their honeymoon. The princes had attached strings of tin cans and a “Just Married” sign to the back of the open Landau carriage they were departing in. This again showed how light the atmosphere was for the wedding, a true British Royal celebration that all who witnessed the event in person, or via television broadcast remember fondly to this day.