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Entertainment 41 years on: Moments the world missed from Charles and Diana's wedding

08:21  29 july  2022
08:21  29 july  2022 Source:   honey.nine.com.au

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On July 29, 1981 — 41 years ago today — millions around the world witnessed the 'fairy tale' wedding between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, the first British citizen to marry the heir to the British throne in 300 years.

Despite the marriage between Prince Charles and Princess Diana not going the distance — the couple separated in 1992; their divorce finalised in 1996 — it still remains the most-talked about royal wedding of all time.

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a man and a woman in a wedding dress: The newly married Prince and Princess of Wales share a kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. © PA/AAP The newly married Prince and Princess of Wales share a kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

While what we thought we were seeing was a happy couple exchanging vows, it's what we didn't see on the day that makes the whole event so much more fascinating four decades on.

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A perfume stain and a perfect cover-up

Before her history-making walk up the St. Paul's Cathedral steps, Diana accidentally spilled her favourite perfume on her silk taffeta and antique lace gown as she was getting ready.

According to Barbara Daly, the makeup artist responsible for Princess Di’s bridal beauty, the spill happened while Diana was trying to dab her favourite scent, Quelques Fleurs, on her wrists.

Prince Charles wearing a costume: Diana's strategically placed hands cover the perfume mark. © AP/AAP Diana's strategically placed hands cover the perfume mark.

To cover up the mark — that thankfully went unnoticed to the millions watching — Daly instructed Diana to lift the front of the dress by holding the mark with her hand as she made her way to the altar.

Diana's message to her bridesmaids

One of the most spectacular features on Diana's dress was her 25-foot-long train.

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Made from taffeta and lace with thousands of hand-sewn pearls and sequins, the dress proved a challenge for Charles' cousin Sarah Armstrong-Jones and his goddaughter, India Hicks, who were charged with guiding it down the long aisle.

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As Diana walked into the church she told her flower girls to "Do your best," Hicks told Harper's Bazaar. "We knew what that meant: If we pulled too much, straightening the material, her tiara and veil would slip. But if we didn't pull enough, the effect of the train would be lost."

a group of people performing on stage in front of a crowd: The royal wedding in 1981. © Getty The royal wedding in 1981.

The bride had two bouquets

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's wedding in 1947 sparked a royal wedding tradition when her bouquet went missing. Since then, every royal bride has two identical bouquets as a precaution.

"If we go back to the Queen's wedding in 1947, when you look at the state photographs of all the bridesmaids and the royal guests and there’s the Queen without her bouquet.

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"It got lost. So in the middle of their honeymoon, they had to get dressed up again in their wedding clothes and my father had to provide another bouquet for those photographs," David Longman, the floral designer responsible for Diana's bouquet, said in a documentary on the royal wedding.

It's been 41 years since the Prince of Wales wed Lady Diana Spencer. © Getty It's been 41 years since the Prince of Wales wed Lady Diana Spencer.

Diana's now-iconic bouquet featured white gardenias, orchids, freesias and lily of the valley. It was over a metre long and reportedly weighed 2kg.

"We made two bouquets. The first one had to be delivered at 8 o'clock to Buckingham Palace. We had a police escort motorcyclist who took us all through the city to the Palace," said Longman.

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"Then we came back, and by that time they had finished the second bouquet and back we went again."

Diana had a secret good luck charm

It was impossible to spot in photos but Diana had an 18-carat gold horseshoe charm studded with white diamonds attached to her dress.

a woman standing in front of a curtain: There were a 'good luck charm' hidden in Diana's wedding dress. © Getty There were a 'good luck charm' hidden in Diana's wedding dress.

A safety pin also made it to the wedding too, hidden on the label of the dress. Dress designer Elizabeth Emanuel admits she remembered the next day she had left a safety pin — used to temporarily keep the petticoat in place — attached inside the dress.

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Diana's backup dress is still missing

In case the wedding dress design was revealed ahead of the big day, the designers created a secret back-up dress.

The gown, also chosen by Diana, was different to the dress she actually wore but had similar elements. It featured a boned bodice, frilly sleeves that were shorter than the original and a full skirt.

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"It was only three-quarters finished — we simply didn't have time to make it in its entirety, so none of the embroidery or finishing touches were done," Elizabeth revealed.

But still, 41 years later, the whereabouts of this backup gown is still unknown.

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"It was hanging up in the studio for a long time, and then it disappeared. I don't know if we sold it or put it into storage. It was such a busy time. I'm sure it'll turn up in a bag one day!"

Diana, Princess of Wales et al. standing in front of a cake: Princess Diana on her wedding day to Prince Charles. © Getty Princess Diana on her wedding day to Prince Charles.

Prince Charles cried the night before

We're all familiar with Prince Charles, Diana and Camilla love triangle. But ahead of his 'fairytale' wedding Charles was torn between the two women, according to the biography Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life. The next in line to the throne, reportedly cried about it the night before his wedding to Diana.

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