25 Fabulous Facts About Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s Wedding

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer married at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Wednesday, July 29, 1981. The ceremony was one of the decade’s biggest events—and for good reason. Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son Charles was (and still is, of course) first in line to the throne, which made the day a landmark moment in the life of the presumptive future King of England.

With the early days of Charles and Diana’s relationship now immortalized in Netflix’s The Crown, here are some more facts and figures behind one of the 20th century’s most famous relationships.

1. Prince Charles met Diana while he was dating her sister.

Charles was romantically involved with Diana’s elder sister, Sarah Spencer (now Lady Sarah McCorquodale) when he first met his future bride-to-be. His and Sarah’s relationship wasn’t quite as harmonious as it’s portrayed in The Crown; Sarah later said that she wouldn’t marry Charles whether “he were the dustman or the King of England.” Nevertheless, it’s through Sarah that Charles was first introduced to Diana while on a grouse hunt at Althorp House, the Spencer family’s ancestral home, in 1977. Diana was just 16 at the time—six years younger than Sarah, and more than 12 years younger than Charles.

2. It was love at first sight for Charles and Diana …

Charles seems to have taken an immediate shine to Diana, telling The Daily Telegraph in 1981 that he remembered thinking, “what a very jolly and amusing and attractive 16-year-old she was” after they first met. For her part, Diana reportedly told friends that she was destined to marry Charles after her first encounter with him—adding (not so prophetically) that “he’s the one man on the planet who’s not allowed to divorce me.” (Divorce laws for royals used to be a lot more stringent than they are today, and weren’t fully relaxed until 2002.)

3. … or maybe it wasn’t love at first sight for Charles and Diana.

Long after their relationship had broken down, Diana revisited her first impression of Charles—this time with the benefit of hindsight. In 1992, she told her biographer Andrew Morton that her actual first thought after meeting the future king was, “God, what a sad man.” Ouch.

4. It took a while for things to get going between Charles and Diana.

No matter what their first impressions were, it took a long time for Charles and Diana to become a couple. It wasn’t until 1980, shortly before Diana’s 19th birthday, that the couple finally got together. In the three years in between, Charles’s relationship with Sarah Spencer fizzled out, after which he reportedly proposed to Amanda Knatchbull, the granddaughter of Earl Mountbatten, his mentor. Knatchbull turned him down.

At the same time, rumors began swirling that Charles was still romantically involved with his long-term sweetheart Camilla Shand, despite her having married Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973. (Camilla is now the Duchess of Cornwall, Charles’s second wife. The couple tied the knot in 2005.)

Charles had,

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Study finds which Disney princess has the most expensive jewelry

When you wish upon a star, hopefully you’ll get jewels as lavish as these.

In a new study called “Kingdom of Jewels,” U.K.-based financial advisory company Money.co.uk worked in collaboration with David Allen of Purely Diamonds to conclude how much the jewelry of each Disney princess would cost in real-life cash. The study took a look at each piece owned by every princess starting with the 1937 film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.”

So, who has the most expensive bling of them all?

That honor goes to Queen Elsa from the 2013 hit film “Frozen,” whose scepter, tiara and orb were theorized to be made of gold and 20-carat sapphires in order to calculate the combined value. Based upon these estimations, the total cost of all three came out to $800,000.

Queen Elsa’s sister, Anna, comes in at second. Her tiara and necklace come out to a combined total of $230,000.

We’re sure both Elsa and Anna wouldn’t let those items go any time soon.

Other Disney princesses included on the list were Cinderella—whose earrings and glass slippers amounted to $55,000 altogether—as well as Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” whose seashell bra and earrings were estimated to cost $750.

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Cinderella’s glass slippers and pearl earrings were estimated at a combined value of $55,000. (graphic courtesy of Money.co.uk)

Even Snow White’s red velvet headband was pricier than anything found at Urban Outfitters, coming to a total of $85.

Another princess added to the list actually took the crown over Elsa’s jewelry, although she’s technically not an original Disney princess (the rights to her film were purchased by the company in 2019). The tiara of Anastasia—the animated character based on the historical lost Romanov—was estimated to have a total value of over $5 million.

The rest of us, it would seem, are stuck with Kay Jewelers.

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Cynthia Erivo to Star in Film About African Princess Offered as ‘Gift’ to Queen Victoria

Cynthia Erivo will star in a film about the true story of Sara Forbes Bonetta, an African princess who in 1850 was offered as a “gift” to Queen Victoria and became her goddaughter.

The untitled film will be executive produced by Benedict Cumberbatch and developed and financed by BBC Film. Erivo will also produce herself along with Solome Williams of their company Edith’s Daughter, as will Leah Clarke and Adam Ackland for SunnyMarch and Rienkje Attoh for So & So Productions.

The film is based on “At Her Majesty’s Request,” a biography written by Walter Dean Myers that shows how a princess with the West African Egbado tribe (now Yewa) of the Yoruba people was orphaned and then sold into slavery before Captain Frederick E. Forbes of the British Royal Navy took her to England and offered her to the Queen.

Forbes Bonetta was originally born Omoba Aina and became a slave at age 5 in the court of King Ghezo of Dahomey. She was taken in 1850 and was renamed Sara Forbes Bonetta after the Navy officer’s ship the HMS Bonetta.

Erivo is a two-time Oscar nominee for her film “Harriet” from last year in which she played Harriet Tubman. Erivo was nominated for Best Actress and Best Original Song. She also can be seen in the series “The Outsider” and will next be seen in “Chaos Walking,” and she’s attached to an Amblin project called “Carrier” that’s based on a sci-fi podcast. She’ll also play Aretha Franklin in the next season of “Genius” and is attached to “Talent Show” for Universal.

Deadline first reported the news.

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Why has wedding of Japan’s Princess Mako still not gone ahead? | Japan

They have been together since university, their emotional bond apparently stronger than ever despite being separated by an ocean and a continent. And they have the blessing of a likely future emperor.

But for Japan’s Princess Mako – the eldest daughter of the first in line to the Chrysanthemum throne – and her boyfriend, Kei Komuro, the sound of wedding bells has grown more distant in the three years since they made their relationship public.

The couple are no closer to exchanging vows after their plans to marry two years ago were derailed by revelations that the would-be groom’s mother was embroiled in a financial dispute. The saga has not only fuelled unusually intrusive media and public interest in the private lives of Japan’s royals; it has also brought the country’s succession crisis into sharp relief.

Japan celebrated when, in May 2017, Mako and Komuro, a contemporary at International Christian University in Tokyo who does not come from a royal background, said they planned to get engaged later in the year and marry in November 2018. But in February 2018, the imperial household agency said the wedding had been put off for two years following reports that Komuro’s mother owed money, including education fees for her son, to an ex-fiance. A date for the wedding has yet to be set.

Princess Mako and her fiance, Kei Komuro, in 2017
Princess Mako and her fiance, Kei Komuro, in 2017. Photograph: POOL/Reuters

This week, Mako’s father, Crown Prince Akishino, gave the marriage his blessing but suggested that the couple, who are both 29, had yet to win over a sceptical Japanese public, who will foot the bill for a lump sum Mako will receive when she marries and leaves the imperial household.

“I approve of them getting married,” he said in comments to journalists ahead of his 55th birthday on Monday. “The constitution says that marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes. I believe I, as a parent, should respect their intentions if marriage is what they truly want.”

But, he added, Komuro’s family needed to make a “visible” response to his mother’s financial troubles, which, according to Japanese media, have not been resolved two years after they were revealed by a weekly magazine.

Akishino, who became crown prince after his elder brother, Naruhito, ascended the throne last year, was quoted by the Kyodo news agency as saying: “From my point of view, I don’t think they are in a situation in which many people are convinced and pleased [about their proposed marriage]” – adding that Mako was aware that the public was not fully behind the union.

When Mako marries, she will immediately lose her royal status and, like the previous emperor’s daughter, Sayako Kuroda, live a comparatively “ordinary” life with her commoner husband beyond the walls of the imperial palace in Tokyo.

The family she leaves behind will shrink again. As the Asahi Shimbun newspaper has pointed out, only seven members of the imperial family are below 40, and all but one of them

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Why has wedding of Japan’s Princess Mako still not gone ahead?

They have been together since university, their emotional bond apparently stronger than ever despite being separated by an ocean and a continent. And they have the blessing of a future emperor.



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But for Japan’s Princess Mako – the eldest daughter of the first in line to the Chrysanthemum throne – and her boyfriend, Kei Komuro, the sound of wedding bells has grown more distant in the three years since they made their relationship public.

The couple are no closer to exchanging vows after their plans to marry two years ago were derailed by revelations that the would-be groom’s mother was embroiled in a financial dispute. The saga has not only fuelled unusually intrusive media and public interest in the private lives of Japan’s royals; it has also brought the country’s succession crisis into sharp relief.

Japan celebrated when, in May 2017, Mako and Komuro, a contemporary at International Christian University in Tokyo who does not come from a royal background, said they planned to get engaged later in the year and marry in November 2018. But in February 2018, the imperial household agency said the wedding had been put off for two years following reports that Komuro’s mother owed money, including education fees for her son, to an ex-fiance. A date for the wedding has yet to be set.



a man wearing a hat: Princess Mako, who is the daughter of Crown Prince Akishino.


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Princess Mako, who is the daughter of Crown Prince Akishino.

This week Mako’s father, Crown Prince Akishino, gave the marriage his blessing but suggested that the couple, who are both 29, had yet to win over a sceptical Japanese public, who will foot the bill for a lump sum Mako will receive when she marries and leaves the imperial household.

“I approve of them getting married,” he said in comments to journalists ahead of his 55th birthday on Monday. “The constitution says that marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes. I believe I, as a parent, should respect their intentions if marriage is what they truly want.”

But, he added, Komuro’s family needed to make a “visible” response to his mother’s financial troubles, which, according to Japanese media, have not been resolved two years after they were revealed by a weekly magazine.

Akishino, who became crown prince after his elder brother, Naruhito, ascended the throne last year, was quoted by the Kyodo news agency as saying: “From my point of view, I don’t think they are in a situation in which many people are convinced and pleased [about their proposed marriage]” – adding that Mako was aware that the public was not fully behind the union.

When Mako marries, she will immediately lose her royal status and, like the previous emperor’s daughter, Sayako Kuroda, live a comparatively “ordinary” life with her commoner husband beyond the walls of the imperial palace in Tokyo.

The family she leaves behind will shrink again. As the Asahi Shimbun newspaper has pointed out, only seven members of the imperial

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For Princess Mako of Japan, Official Wedding May Be Distant Prospect

When Princess Mako of Japan became engaged to her college boyfriend in 2017, many Japanese hoped for a fairy-tale wedding for the couple.

But three years later, the prospects of the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Akishino and her beau, Kei Komuro, a commoner and aspiring lawyer, living happily ever after look, well, complicated.

In remarks released Monday, Crown Prince Akishino said he approved of the wedding. But he also said that there appeared to be opposition to the union in Japan, making it difficult to proceed with an official ceremony. The crown prince has previously said that could happen only if the Japanese public approved of the marriage.

“The Constitution says marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes,” Crown Prince Akishino said in a transcript of the remarks, made on Nov. 20 on the occasion of his 55th birthday. “If that is what they really want, then I think that is something I need to respect as a parent,” he said.

But, he added, “I think it’s not the case that many people approve and are happy about it.”

The couple, both 29, were originally set to marry in 2018, but the date was pushed back after Japanese tabloids caught wind of money problems in Mr. Komuro’s family. His mother had become embroiled in a dispute with a former fiancé of hers over $36,000, some of which was reportedly used for Mr. Komuro’s schooling.

The reports raised questions about Mr. Komuro’s intentions, with some detractors accusing him of being a gold digger. The whiff of scandal proved too much for many Japanese, not to mention the sensibilities of the imperial family, which has no taste for the incessant dramas that have plagued royals in other countries.

The drama has echoes of another couple seemingly at odds with the royal establishment in their own country. Prince Harry of Britain, and his wife, Meghan, announced in January that they would no longer be full-time working members of the royal family.

In a 2018 news conference, Crown Prince Akishino said he “respected” the desire of his daughter and Mr. Komuro to wed, but that an official ceremony would not take place unless the public approved.

Unperturbed, the couple said that they would tie the knot in 2020.

In the meantime, Mr. Komuro went to Fordham Law School in New York to pursue a master’s degree, adding a long-distance relationship to the other pressures on the couple.

Earlier this month, Princess Mako released a statement saying that while she and Mr. Komuro remained committed to each other, the wedding would not take place this year. She did not say when she expected it to happen.

In his remarks, the crown prince suggested that Mr. Komuro had not taken sufficient steps to address concerns surrounding his mother’s affairs, and that the marriage should not proceed until he had publicly demonstrated his commitment to resolving the problem.

The ups and downs of the prospective couple are a reminder of the

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Princess Mako’s wedding receives Japan crown prince approval

Nov. 30 (UPI) — Japan’s Crown Prince Fumihito said he “approves” the marriage of his daughter to a Japanese commoner, two years after Princess Mako expressed strong resolve to marry her university sweetheart Kei Komuro.

The crown prince, who formally was declared first in line to the throne Nov. 8, said Monday at a press conference in Tokyo the marriage complies with Japanese law and fulfills the wishes of the young couple, Kyodo News reported Monday.

“I approve of them getting married. The Constitution says marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes. If that is what they really want, then I think that is something I need to respect as a parent,” he said.

Princess Mako, 29, was initially planning to marry Komuro in 2018, a year after their engagement, according to the BBC.

Delays came after local reports suggested Komuro’s mother received money from the princess to finance Komuro’s university tuition. Komuro’s mother said the money was a gift, but the woman’s ex-fiancé disputed the claim and said the funds were borrowed. Komuro is completing law school at Fordham University in New York.

On Monday, the crown prince said the financial situation of the Komuro family did not meet the approval of the Japanese public.

“From my point of view, I think they are not in a situation where many people are convinced and pleased [about their marriage],” he said.

According to Japanese law Japanese taxpayers subsidize a princess’ dowry which is delivered as a lump sum payment if she renounces her royal status.

Women in the imperial family receive the payment in order to “maintain the dignity of their position after leaving the imperial household,” according to Kyodo.

The Asahi Shimbun reported Monday the lump sum payment for Princess Mako is to range anywhere from $150,000 to about $1.5 million.

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Princess Diana’s Wedding Dress Defined a Generation

When Princess Diana and Prince Charles wed on July 29, 1981, the fresh-faced princess had just turned 20. She was optimistic about marrying Charles, though she did not know him that well. However, she was not at all prepared to be thrust onto the global stage.

The royal wedding was a complete frenzy with hundreds of thousands of people watching from the streets and millions of people from across the globe watching the televised event from their homes.

As royal fans watched the princess’ 25-foot train move down the aisle at St. Paul’s Cathedral, they had no idea what was to come. However, that massive wedding dress defined an entire generation of brides.

Lady Diana Spencer arrives at St. Paul’s Cathedral on her wedding day | Getty Images

Princess Diana’s wedding gown was extremely detailed

Like she did when she chose her legendary engagement ring, Princess Diana very casually asked then-husband-and-wife design team David Emanuel and Elizabeth Emanuel to begin designing her royal clothes.

“Diana rang up like anybody else and made an appointment to try my dress designs—she initially had three or four gowns made for formal occasions,” David told Woman’s Own. After that, the princess asked the Emanuels to design her wedding gown.

The wedding dress which cost $115,000 in 1981 ($342,803 in 2020), was much more expensive than the $5,610 value of an average Emanuel wedding dress. According to Town & Country,

The ivory silk taffeta dress had 10,000 pearls attached to it, with appliqués cut from antique lace (the something old) at a British silk farm, as well as a square of Carrickmacross lace that once belonged to Queen Mary. There was a small blue bow sewn into the waistband, too (the something blue).

RELATED: The Requirements For The Actress Playing Princess Diana On ‘The Crown’ Are Shocking

‘The Crown’s Emma Corrin said that 10 people had to help her get into Princess Diana’s wedding gown

Though Diana and Charles’ wedding is not shown in full on The Crown, however, the iconic wedding gown is present. Corrin, the actor who plays Princess Diana on the series, described the time and patience it took to get the gown. She told British Vogue,

The Emanuels, who designed the original, gave us the patterns, and then it was made for me. We were filming the scene when you first see her in the wedding dress – I think it was Lancaster House in London – and I had a team of about 10 people helping me put it on, because it’s massive. I walked out and everyone went completely silent. More than anything else I wear in the series, it’s so… it’s her.

On her feet, Diana wore ivory slippers handmade with 542 sequins and 132 pearls designed by Clive Shilton. She wore a diamond tiara owned by the Spencer family.

Princess Diana’s wedding dress with replicated throughout the ’80s

The Emmanuels went for a timeless look. “We just went for drama,” Elizabeth told BBC Designed in 2019.

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The Crown’s Emma Corrin reveals unlikely beauty inspiration behind her Princess Diana hairstyle

Since The Crown hit screens earlier this month, Emma Corrin has been lauded for her spot-on portrayal of Princess Diana.



a close up of a woman: Emma Corrin plays Princess Diana in series four of The Crown. (Getty Images)


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Now, the actress, 24, has jokingly revealed the unlikely beauty reference point for the blonde hairstyle she sported during filming for the Netflix show.

Among a series of behind-the-scenes images, shared with her followers on Instagram, the star can be seen with her brunette locks obscured by a wig.

In the same snap, she holds up a phone screen bearing an image of George Michael posing during the 1980s – sporting a remarkably similar hairdo.

Other pictures posted in the same carousel include Corrin sitting on a sofa covered in magazines specially-made for the set of royal series, as well as a video of her being fitted for a version of the late Princess of Wales’ iconic wedding dress.



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The post has been ‘liked’ more than 74,000 times, with over 700 fans leaving messages in relation to the slide featuring the late Wham! singer.

Katie Grand, the stylist, wrote: “The George Michael!!!”

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Another commented: “Name another iconic set of twins than on side 3… I’ll wait!!!!”

A third shared: “THE BTS CONTENT WE NEEDED.”

And a fourth added: “You made an incredible Diana.”

It comes as Corrin revealed that she has decided to grow out her body hair.

The star appears on the cover of the digital edition of Glamour proudly rocking her unshaven armpits.

Read more: The Crown’s Emma Corrin reveals why she’s decided to grow her body hair

In an interview with the magazine, Corrin explained: “I’ve been meaning to grow it for quite a few years, but I’m recently single.

“I haven’t done it before because I’ve been in a relationship and I guess I had been programmed to think that I should probably shave for the benefit of both parties.

“But f*** it – I don’t really want to shave! I realised, ‘Why did I ever bother?’

“It’s been quite an underwhelming realisation of, there’s no drama in it. It’s just there. I’m hoping it’s on the path to becoming normal and it never has to be a thing you notice.”

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The Princess Diana Wedding Dress “The Crown” Didn’t Show

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Season 4 of The Crown has been winning rave reviews, not only for its acting but for the incredible attention to detail in the show’s costumes.

And, of course, the biggest costume piece in this season was the gown worn by Princess Diana on her wedding day on July 29, 1981.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, costume designer Amy Roberts revealed that she and her team had to get permission from the original wedding gown’s designers, Elizabeth and David Emanuel, to reproduce the dress for the show. Roberts consulted with David on the fabric, and he had shared some of his original designs — but she said that he had encouraged her to “have fun with the replica rather than obsessing over the details.”

“He wasn’t precious about it or neurotic about it. That released us from any fear,” Roberts said. “We just went for the feel of it, the look of it, the size of it. Big sleeves, big frills. We didn’t get too stressed. Maybe there’s 201 pearls and we’ve only done 200.”

In a behind-the-scenes featurette released earlier this month, Roberts said that the wedding dress took 14 weeks and five “long” fittings to make. However, despite all of that work, the gown is shown for only approximately 27 seconds in the last moments of Episode 3, “Fairytale.”

Since the show dropped on Nov. 15, many fans have expressed disappointment with the iconic gown’s brief appearance, especially as actor Emma Corrin is featured prominently wearing the dress in the show’s promotional materials.

They really spent 600 hours replicating that wedding dress and for what? I feel cheated given the build up in the trailers #TheCrown

Ok #TheCrown, you made me all excited about the replica of Diana’s wedding dress and did a cliffhanger of everyone getting dressed for the wedding, cut to Mark Thatcher getting lost in the desert?! COME ON

The Crown: hello look at me, the most expensive show on netflix. We recreated Diana’s wedding dress for just 10 seconds of screentime nbd.

The cast and crew of The Crown have spoken about the decision to cut the so-called wedding of the century from the show.

“We never re-create things just for the sake of re-creating them. I think if we do re-create a scene — like the engagement scene, for instance, when they do the announcement — it has to be because it’s linked to something that the characters are going through. It has to be part of the story. It has to further the plot, basically,” Corrin said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. “The wedding scene, you can YouTube it and you could be watching it in 10 seconds, so I

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