The marriage that never stood a chance: Prince Charles and Diana had just THIRTEEN datesTHIRTY-SIX years on, it is easy to forget quite how grand an event the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana was.The ceremony was held at St Paul’s, the only cathedral big enough to accommodate the couple’s 3,500 guests, including most of the crowned heads of Europe, the French president François Mitterand and US first lady Nancy Reagan.Tens of thousands of loyal subjects lined the streets as members of the Household Cavalry, in their Ruritanian get-up of scarlet tunics and gleaming breastplates, with plumed helmets bobbing, trotted alongside the Glass Coach carrying Diana to the church. And at St Paul’s the blushing bride was escorted up the aisle by her father Earl Spencer, her 25ft train of ivory taffeta and antique lace in her wake. In short, it was the sort of ceremony befitting the celebration of a great love between a latter-day Romeo and Juliet. But, as we now know, nothing could have been further from the truth. As the princess revealed from beyond the grave in 25-year-old fi lm footage shown for the first time in the UK in Sunday’s night’s Channel 4 documentary Diana In Her Own Words, she and Charles had met only 13 times before they plighted their troth on July 29, 1981. The truth is this was a marriage of convenience for a future king in need of an heir and a spare because Camilla Parker Bowles, the love of his life, had got spliced to another man.
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