THE WED­DING OF THE MIL­LEN­NIUM

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De­spite the 1980s ex­trav­a­gance—the gi­gan­tic meringue of a dress, Diana’s out­ra­geously smoky eye makeup, the or­nate glass coach that de­liv­ered her to St. Paul’s Cathe­dral—news clips of the mar­riage of Lady Diana Spencer to Charles, Prince of Wales on July 29, 1981, have a time­less qual­ity. Per­haps this is be­cause, look­ing back, we pos­sess the sor­row­ful knowl­edge that her mar­riage to Charles was un­happy and her life was cut short when she was killed in a car crash at age 36.

Still, we can’t help but share in that 20-year-old’s hope and op­ti­mism as we re-watch her emerg­ing from the car­riage in that dress.

About 3,500 guests at­tended the cer­e­mony it­self, with wrst lady Nancy Rea­gan rep­re­sent­ing the United States.

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