Today marks a memorable anniversary in Royal Family history: The 32nd wedding anniversary of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. 32 years ago on July 29, 1981, the couple married at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England, as millions watched across the globe. Despite their well-publicized divorce a mere 15 years later, the wedding is still considered the “wedding of the century” and even has its own holiday in the UK. What made this fairytale wedding so remarkable? Was it the wedding that stole the public’s attention or the obsession with all things royal?
On July 29, 1981, 3,500 guests gathered at St. Paul Cathedral for the magical day, 750 million people watched the congregation from their TVs, and 600,000 well-wishers roamed the streets, eager to catch a glimpse of the new couple. The wedding was a traditional Church of England service with guests from all over the world.
Princess Diana arrived with her father in a beautiful glass coach and made her walk across an aisle adorned with a red carpet. Onlookers and well-wishers watched in awe while Diana showed off her beautiful white gown, which was famously designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel and featured white puffed sleeves, elegant embroidery, and a 25-foot train. The final touch to the bride’s glamorous look: the Spencer Family tiara.
The royal wedding service was led by Dr. Robert Runcie, the Archbishop of Canterbury. During the wedding ceremony, both Charles and Diana made mistakes during the exchange of vows by mixing up lines and names according to BBC News. Lady Diana caused quite a stir when she did not promise to “obey” Prince Charles, according to BBC America. This vow was a royal tradition before Lady Diana made the change.
After the service, the newlyweds went to Buckingham Palace where they performed the iconic balcony kiss for the public. Then the honeymoon began with a cruise on the Royal Yacht Britannia in the Mediterranean.
Throughout the years, we have seen a common theme of obsession with the Royal Family. Whether it is the royal wedding, Kate Middleton, or the royal baby, eyes from across the globe focus their energy on this one family. What makes the royal family so intriguing? The royal fascination continues to heighten as the media feeds every little detail on the royal family. The princess fairy tale is a dream we all want to live, according to psychologist, Dr. Nicole Joseph.
“Children want to feel special, valued, and important (and don’t we all?), which is why the royal archetype is part of our earliest consciousness and deepest fantasies. As we grow up, and see the British Monarchy in modern, non-fairy tale fashion fulfilling this archetype, we just can’t help but watch and be amazed.”
Kate Middleton was swept off her feet by Prince William making the “Cinderella” story a dream for women around the world. Over night, Kate Middleton went from a regular girl to royal icon. The fact that this could happen to anyone is quite fascinating to the public eye. Before Kate Middleton, all future members of the royal family had royal blood in their ancestry. Even though Kate’s fairy tale is one in a million, it still provides the world with hope and fantasy. For the well-wishers and onlookers, the royal dream can be lived through watching the Royal Family.
Royal watchers reminisce about the Wales family with the recent birth of George Alexander Louis on July 22, 2013, who is the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ first grandchild. The baby was born at St. Mary’s Hospital, the same hospital where Princess Diana gave birth in 1982. George Alexander Louis is a healthy baby weighing 8 pounds and 6 ounces. According to NY Daily News, Prince William has commented saying that the baby closely resembles his wife, Kate Middleton . To keep up with the royal baby buzz, see here.