Never has there been a . The couple met when Diana was only a teenager and Charles was dating her older sister. Several years later, after only 12 dates, the couple got engaged and were married within six months, on July 29, 1981 at St. Paul's Cathedral. The wedding was broadcast on television and seen by around .
An international event, it is remembered as one of the most famous weddings in royal history, even after Princess Diana and Prince Charles' divorce in 1992—only five short years . Still a momentous historical event worldwide, Princess Diana's wedding is an occasion to be remembered, so here's a look back at some of the most interesting moments from the late princess' big day.
The Night Before
While the big day is traditionally considered an important occasion for the bride, in this case, the groom was just as nervous about the upcoming wedding. In fact, Prince Charles reportedly cried the night before the wedding because he was still torn over his feelings for former girlfriend Camilla Parker-Bowles, according to . Several years after Diana's death, on April 8, 2005.
Princess Diana's wedding to Prince Charles took place at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Lady Diana left Clarence House and was transported to the main venue in a Glass Coach with her father, Earl Spencer. One of few royal weddings not to take place at the royal church at Westminster Abbey, Princess Diana's royal union was unique from the dress to the venue itself. was 480 years before that of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, between Prince Arthur, eldest son of King Henry VII, and Princess Catherine on November 14, 1501.
The Guest List
The streets of London were trying to catch a glimpse of Prince Charles and the bride-to-be on their special day. The ceremony itself was seen by a crowd of 3,500 people, including important guests like the groom's parents (Prince Philip and ) and the bride's parents (Earl and Countess Spencer). Other notable guests included the groom's brothers (Prince Andrew and Prince Edward), as well as , , Princess Alice, and the Duke and Duchess of Kent.
Princess Diana's dress was an extravagant and much-anticipated sight to see. Covered in —the longest in royal history—Diana's gown was designed by husband-and-wife design team David and Elizabeth Emanuel for Alexander McQueen. The intricate ivory taffeta gown was paired with a 153-yard veil, an 18th-century era heirloom tiara, and silk shoes embroidered with 542 sequins and 132 matching pearls.
While most royal couples like to keep the wedding ceremony as traditional as possible, Diana wasn't opposed to making a few changes when it came to her vows. In fact, she was the first royal to omit the word "obey" from her wedding vows, . Following his mother's lead, Prince William and Duchess Kate did the same at their wedding in 2011. Princess Diana also showcased her nerves on the big day when , referring to him as Philip Charles Arthur George, while Charles is his actual first name, .
Much like her dress, Princess Diana's ring has been the focus of designers and brides-to-be for many years. A set in a white gold band, the ring is estimated to have cost around $40,000 at the time. One of the few to not be custom-made, Diana chose the ring from the Garrard jewelry collection catalogue, and some believe it was because it reminded her of her mother's wedding ring. The intricate sapphire ring has since been after Prince William used it to propose in 2010.
With several thousand guests in attendance, it was only appropriate to have more than one cake at the reception. While there were 27 wedding cakes at the celebration following Princess Diana and Prince Charles' wedding, the official cake was provided by David Avery, the head baker at the Royal Naval cooking school. A multi-tiered fruit cake, the pastry was divided into small silver presentation boxes as souvenirs for guests. , in 2014, a Florida man paid $1,375 at an auction to purchase a now nearly 37-year-old slice of the cake.