Read the Entire Royal Wedding Program from Charles and Diana’s Nuptials

April 28, 2011 · Posted in History of British Royal Family · Comment 
Royal Wedding from Vanity Fair

Wedding program for Prince Charles and Diana.pdf

ROYAL WEDDING
On July 29, 1981, an alabaster-skinned pre-school teacher sailed down the aisle toward a tan and toothy future king—you might’ve heard about it. But, pray: What specific types of horses drew the royal newlyweds away from the cathedral? Which Lord So-and-So carried the all-important “Pearl Sword” in the procession, and what the devil is a “Silver Stick in Waiting”? Cataloging every breathless second of Prince Charles of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer’s lavish wedding was a “Royal Programme”—an obsessively detailed, 25-page script of the day, yours at the time for 50 pence. The pages were filled, per the no-nonsense print on the cover, with the particulars of “the Carriage Processions, the Ceremonial, and the Marriage Service, published by Gracious Permission of Her Majesty The Queen.” So indulge your royal voyeurism—or mine for clues about the upcoming union of Kate Middleton and Prince William—with the full pamphlet, reproduced here.

BY SARAH BALL

WEB EXCLUSIVE APRIL 26, 2011