Lady Diana Spencer married Charles, Prince of Wales 34 years ago today, at St. Paul's Cathedral in London on July 29, 1981. The wedding was a momentous occasion not only for the couple and the royal family, but also for the people of England, who adored Diana.
The pair were officially engaged on February 24, 1981, and Lady Diana's engagement ring was an oval blue sapphire surrounded by smaller diamonds. The ring has since been passed down to Kate Middleton, Diana's daughter in-law and the current Duchess of Cambridge.
The couple opted for a grand ceremony, with 3,500 guests in attendance. Diana's exquisite ivory dress was designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel and was made of silk taffeta and lace.
5 Fun facts about the 1981 royal wedding:
1. The prince and princess had 27 wedding cakes!
2. Nancy Reagan, who was first lady of the United States at the time, was among the guests, as was UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
3. It is estimated that 1 billion people around the world watched the wedding on television.
4. According to Princess Diana's brother, the tiara that she wore for the wedding gave her a terrible headache. Ouch!
5. According to Us magazine, the designer's of Di's wedding dress were so concerned about the press finding out what her dress looked like that they had a back-up dress ready in case they needed to make a last-minute switch.
Click through the gallery below to see photographs of the Princess of Wales' special day.
Princess Diana's Wedding
Remembering Princess Diana's royal wedding
The Prince and Princess of Wales kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding. (PA Archive)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales leave St. Pauls Cathedral in London following their wedding on July 29, 1981. (Anwar Hussein)
Britain's Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer pose following the announcement of their engagement, Feb. 24, 1981. (AP)
Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles leaving St. Paul's Cathedral after their wedding rehearsal. (PA Archive)
The adorable bridal attendants group on the steps of St.Paul's Cathedral before the wedding ceremony of the Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer. (PA Archive)
The Prince and Princess of Wales at the High Altar in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, during their wedding at St. Paul's Cathedral. Look at that train! (PA Archive)
The Prince and Princess of Wales pose for a wedding portrait in Buckingham Palace after their marriage ceremony at St. Paul's Cathedral. The Princess is wearing the Spencer family tiara. (PA Archive)
The Royal couple, the Prince and Princess of Wales with their young attendants. Sitting, left to right, Catherine Cameron and Clementine Hambro. Standing, left to right, Lord Nicholas Windsor, Edward Van Cutsem, Sarah Jane Gaselee (in front of India Hicks), Prince Edward, the Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince Andrew and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones. (PA Archive)
The Prince and Princess of Wales on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding. (PA Archive)
The lovebirds on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London on their wedding day. (AP)
The Prince and Princess of Wales in an open carriage, waiting to drive to Buckingham Palace after their wedding. (PA Archive)
The 1981 stamp issued by Britain's Royal Mail, to commemorate the marriage of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer. (AP)
Princess Diana's engagement ring was a blue sapphire with diamonds. Diana's son Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with this ring in 2010. (AP)
A gallery worker holds the duplicate Bridal shoes that Princess Diana wore at her wedding. They were designed by Clive Shilton, and were displayed at La Galleria in Pall Mall, London, in 2011. (Joel Ryan/AP)
The relaxed Prince and Princess of Wales on their second wedding anniversary, July 29, 1983. (AP)