With 3,500 guests at St. Paul’s Cathedral and an additional 750 million people around the world, it’s no surprise Prince Charles and Princess Diana were nervous getting married.
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Almost 40 years ago, over 750 million people watched Prince Charles marry Princess Diana.
The ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral was one of the most watched events in British history with 3,500 guests also crowded into the cathedral to watch the couple get married.
With all eyes on them, it’s no surprise that the couple, who had only met a handful of times before, may have felt a little nervous.
And it seems that those nerves have taken the upper hand a little over the two when it comes to wedding vows – because they both made mistakes.
Charles took his vows first and instead of reciting “my material possessions” he actually said “your material possessions”.
Meanwhile, Diana scrambled Charles’ names – and ended up calling him by the wrong name.
His full name is Charles Philip Arthur George but when it comes to vows, Diana called him Philip Charles.
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During the ceremony, the late princess wore an oversized ivory silk taffeta gown, with the design work for Diana’s gown falling to David and Elizabeth Emanuel.
The designers went to great lengths to make sure the design was kept a secret and even destroyed their sketches right after they were shown to Diana to make sure they could never fall into the wrong hands.
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But in case the design was leaked, another dress was created as a backup option.
At the time of the wedding, royal author Penny Junor claims Charles thought the wedding was a mistake, but knew it was too late to step aside.
She said: “Charles was not convinced that he was doing the right thing by marrying Diana, but there was no way out and, hopeful that things would be different once married, he showed courage. “
A year after their fairytale wedding, Charles and Diana welcomed Prince William and later Prince Harry, but the couple broke up in 1992 after their marriage broke up.
The couple divorced in 1996, just a year before Diana tragically died in a car accident in Paris.