THE WEDDING OF THE MILLENNIUM
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.