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Nostalgia: Prince Charles marries Norfolk-born Lady Diana Spencer

PUBLISHED: 12:29 09 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:29 16 May 2018

Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their way to Buckingham Palace after their wedding ceremony at St. Paul's Cathedral. Picture: PA Images

Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their way to Buckingham Palace after their wedding ceremony at St. Paul's Cathedral. Picture: PA Images

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It was billed as the wedding of the century, with the heir to the throne choosing a Norfolk-born noblewoman as his future Queen. But it ended in a £17m divorce.

The Prince and Princess of Wales during their honeymoon at Balmoral Castle. Photo: PAThe Prince and Princess of Wales during their honeymoon at Balmoral Castle. Photo: PA

Prince Charles and Diana Spencer were married at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on July 29, 1981.

Diana spent her early years at Park House, at Sandringham, where she was born on July 1, 1961.

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She first met Charles in 1977, when she was 16 and he was dating her elder sister Sarah. Courtship blossomed in 1980, when she watched him play polo.

He took her sailing and proposed in 1981, after she had been introduced to the Queen, Prince Philip and the Queen Mother at Balmoral.

The 21-year-old became Princess of Wales when she married the then 32-year-old Charles. An estimated 600,000 people lined the streets hoping to catch a glimpse of the couple.

Diana walked down the aisle wearing a dress with a 25ft train. The vow to obey was removed from the service which was again broadcast live around the world.

On June 21, 1982, the Princess gave birth to her first son, Prince William. He was born in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, in London - where William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s three chidren George, Charlotte and Louis were born. Her second son, Prince Harry, was born on September 15, 1984.

While the couple’s romance and wedding had been at the centre of intense interest from thee world’s media, the breakdown of their marriage sparked a blaze of headlines.

On December 20, 1995, Buckingham Palace announced the couple were to divorce. Diana accepted a £17m divorce settlement and £400,000 a year when they separated on August 28, 1996. As mother of the second and (then) third in line to the throne, she technically remained a member of the Royal family.

She threw herself into charitable work before her death in a Paris underpass on August 31, 1997.

Charles married Camilla Parker-Bowles in a civil service at Windsor Guildhall on April 9, 2005. A blessing at St George’s Chapel, in Windsor, by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, was televised. But there were no crowds lining the streets for the Prince’s second marriage.


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