Now that the royal wedding between William and Kate is over, how did the wedding differ from Princess Diana and Prince Charles? Both weddings were spectacular events that dew large crowds but there were some differences.
The Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Prince Charles 32 years old and 20 year old Princess Diana were wed on July 29, 1981 at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The pair had only dated six months when Prince Charles popped the question to Princess Diana on February 3, 1981 during a dinner at Buckingham Palace for just the two of them.
Princess Diana arrived at St. Paul’s Cathedral via a glass coach escorted by five mounted police officers. Princess Diana’s father could not ride with her because the coach was too small to carry him due to Princess Diana’s dress and train.
Princess Diana’s dress was made of silk taffeta decorated with lace and hand embroidery, sequins and 10,000 pearls. The sleeves were huge and puffy with a frilly neckline and a 25-foot train. Elizabeth and David Emanuel designed the wedding Dress.
Prince Charles wore his naval commander uniform.
After the wedding, the two went to Buckingham Palace and sealed their marriage on the Balcony with a short brief kiss.
There were 27 wedding cakes at their reception.
Princess Diana reversed Prince Charles’s first and middle names when reciting her vows and forgot to mention she would obey her husband. Prince Charles referred to “thy goods” instead of “my worldly goods.” It was very clear that the two were nervous.
Princess Diana was the first British citizen to marry and heir to the throne in 300 years.
The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William 28 years old and 29 year old Kate Middleton wed April 29, 2011 at Westminster Canterbury. The two dated for 8 years before Prince William popped the question in October 2010 in Kenya. He gave Kate Middleton his mother’s 18-carat sapphire and diamond engagement ring.
Kate Middleton arrived at Westminster Canterbury via a classic 1977 Rolls Royce Phantom with her father by her side.
Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen made Kate’s wedding dress. The dress was made of ivory and white satin gazar, loose woven silk. The train was nine feet long.
Prince William wore honorary rank of Colonel of the Irish Guards uniform.
After the dazzling wedding, the two went to Buckingham Palace and sealed their marriage on the balcony with not one but two kisses. It was clear these two made this wedding theirs.
There was only one wedding cake at the reception but a second cake was available via Prince William’s request.
As far as the royal couple citing their vows, it went off without a hitch.
As you can see, William and Kate made their royal wedding their own.
Official Royal Wedding