Princess Diana Wedding Pictures

Royal family on balcony at Buckingham Palace after wedding.
Royal family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace after the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, July 29, 1981. Getty Images / Terry Fincher
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Princess Diana Wedding Dress

Princess Diana's 1981 wedding dress by Elizabeth Emanuel.
Designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel Sketch of Princess Diana's 1981 wedding dress designed by Elizabeth Emanuel. Getty Images / Central Press

Lady Diana Spencer Marries Charles, Prince of Wales, 1981

Millions of people watched the fairy-tale wedding of Lady Diana Spencer to Charles, Prince of Wales. That the marriage later soured only makes the original spectacle more poignant to the many fans of Princess Diana.

Enjoy the highlights of that day -- and consider how future royal weddings may match up or not to that day of ceremony and ritual.

Also: Royal Weddings from Victoria to Elizabeth II

Designers David and Elizabeth Emanual were selected to produce the wedding dress for Lady Diana Spencer, soon to be known as Princess Diana. It was made of silk taffeta and featured embroidery, lace, sequins and pearls -- 10,000 pearls.

The dress had a 25 foot train, large puffy sleeves and lace at the neckline.

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Princess Diana Wedding Cake

Wedding cake for Charles and Diana.
Official Cake Wedding cake and cooks for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. Getty Images / Terry Fincher

The official cake for the wedding dinner was made by the Naval Armed Forces, appropriate for the wedding of Prince Charles, a naval commander.

The official cake was one of 27 at the wedding dinner.

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Princess Diana Enters Church

Lady Diana Spencer and her father.
Lady Diana Spencer with Her Father Lady Diana Spencer and her father enter St Paul's Cathedral for her marriage to Prince Charles, 1981. Getty Images / Jayne Fincher / Princess Diana Archive

For her wedding to Prince Charles on July 29, 1981, Lady Diana Spencer entered St. Paul's Cathedral with her father, John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer.

Charles had proposed to Diana at Buckingham Palace at a private dinner for two, and they did not make the engagement public and official for a few weeks, until February 24, 1981.

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Princess Diana's Wedding Procession

Lady Diana Spencer proceeds down the aisle.
St. Paul's Cathedral Lady Diana Spencer proceeds down the aisle of St Paul's Cathedral on the arm of her father, John Spencer, 1981. Getty Images / Fox Photos / Hulton Archive

Diana and her father proceed down the aisle of St. Paul's Cathedral for her wedding to Charles, Prince of Wales, in 1981, in a traditional Anglican ceremony.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverence Robert Runcie, presided over the wedding, assisted by the Very Reverend Alan Webster, Dean of the cathedral.

About 750 million people watched the television broadcast of the wedding, and more than 250 million heard it on radio.

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Diana's Wedding - St. Paul's Cathedral

Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral
Diana with Wedding Guests Lady Diana Spencer enters St Paul's Cathedral with her father, John Spencer. Guests shown include Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis Thatcher. Courtesy Library of Congress

Diana, proceeding down the aisle of St. Paul's Cathedral with her father, passes wedding guests including Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her husband, Denis Thatcher.

There were 3,500 people in the congregation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

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Diana and Charles Married at St. Paul's

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer with other family members.
July 29, 1981 From the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, with other members of the royal family. Courtesy Library of Congress

Diana and Charles are shown during the wedding ceremony, with members of the family at the side. Diana mildly flubbed her husband's names, reversing the first two.

Visible: Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Princess Anne, Captain Mark Phillips, Princess Margaret and Viscount Linley.

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Prince Charles and Lady Diana Wedding

Wedding of Charles and Diana, 1981, in St Paul's Cathedral.
Private Words Wedding of Charles and Diana, 1981, in St Paul's Cathedral, London. Getty Images / Keystone / Hulton Archive

Prince Charles and his bride Diana share some private words during their wedding ceremony at at St Paul's Cathedral in London, July 29, 1981.

They omitted "obey" from the bride's wedding vows, a custom increasingly common in the general public but somewhat controversial in a royal wedding. (Queen Victoria promised to obey her bridegroom, Prince Albert, in their ceremony.)

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Diana and Charles Married

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer after their wedding.
After the Ceremony Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer after their wedding ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral, July 29, 1981. Getty Images / Fox Photos / Hulton Archive

Charles and Diana, Prince and Princess of Wales, leave St. Paul's Cathedral after their marriage ceremony.

Three thousand five hundred guests viewed the wedding from inside St. Paul's. Often, royal weddings had been held at Westminster Abbey, but St. Paul's seated more people.

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Diana with Charles After Wedding

Prince and Princess of Wales leave St Paul's Cathedral.
July 29, 1981 Prince and Princess of Wales leave St Paul's Cathedral after their wedding, 1981. Getty Images / Princess Diana Archive / Jayne Fincher

Charles and Diana at the door of St. Paul's Cathedral after their traditional wedding service. Charles wore his full dress naval commander uniform.

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Diana and Charles on Their Wedding Day

Charles and Diana leave St Paul's Cathedral.
Leaving St. Paul's Charles and Diana leave St Paul's Cathedral after their 1981 wedding. Getty Images / Jayne Fincher / Princess Diana Archive

The Prince and Princess of Wales, Charles and Diana, leave St. Paul's Cathedral after their July 29, 1981, wedding ceremony.

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Prince Charles Marries Lady Diana Spencer

Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles leave by carriage.
Leaving the Ceremony Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles leave by carriage after their wedding, July 29, 1981. Getty Images / Serge Lemoine / Hulton Archive

Charles and Diana leave the wedding ceremony in a carriage.

There were about two million people lining the route to try to see the couple, in addition to the billion who watched or listened to the broadcast of the service and festivities.

In 2011, when Prince William, son of Charles and Diana, was married, he and his bride rode in the same carriage as William's parents used in their 1981 wedding: Wedding Carriage

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Diana and Charles on the Balcony

Royal family on balcony at Buckingham Palace after wedding.
Wedding July 29, 1981 Royal family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace after the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, July 29, 1981. Getty Images / Terry Fincher

After their wedding ceremony, Diana and Charles went to Buckingham Palace for a dinner with 120 guests. Then they appeared with members of their families on the balcony to greet the gathered crowd.

On the balcony were, among others, Charles' mother Queen Elizabeth II, her mother the Queen Mother Elizabeth and Charles' father Prince Philip.

The tradition of the royal wedding party appearing on the Buckingham Palace balcony after the ceremony began with Charles' ancestress, Queen Victoria, and was continued by Charles' parents, Elizabeth and Philip on the balcony, and by Charles' son and his new bride in 2011, William and Catherine on the balcony.

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The Balcony Kiss

balcony kiss of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.
The Prince and Princess of Wales Exchange a Public Kiss The balcony kiss after the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, 1981. Courtesy Library of Congress

In a crowd-pleaser, Prince Charles kissed his bride, the new Princess of Wales, Diana.

After having two children together, Prince William and Prince Henry, and after much public scandal around their obviously-unhappy marriage, Charles and Diana formally separated in 1992 and divorced on August 28, 1996.

Charles and Diana's wedding kiss on the balcony began a tradition which was repeated by Charles and Diana's son, William, when he married his bride, Catherine Middleton, in 2011: Balcony Kiss, William and Catherine

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Princess Diana and Her Wedding Dress

Princess Diana formal portrait in her wedding dress
Formal Portrait Princess Diana formal portrait in her wedding dress, July 29, 1981. Getty Images / Fox Photos / Hulton Archive

In this formal portrait, Diana, Princess of Wales, is shown in her somewhat-controversial wedding dress, designed by David and Elizabeth Emanual.

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