Royal Wedding: Comparing the royal marriages

The engagements started with the same iconic ring, but how do the nuptials of Kate and William and Diana and Charles compare?

» The big day:
C&D: July 29, 1981.
W&K: April 29, 2011.

» Bride and groom’s ages on wedding day:
C&D: 32 (Charles) and 20 (Diana).
W&K: 29 (Kate) and 28 (William).

» Length of courtship:
C&D: Less than a year.
W&K: Nine years.

» Engagement ring:
C&D: Sapphire and diamond engagement ring from Garrard.
W&K: Princess Diana’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

» Time between announcing engagement and wedding date:
C&D: Five months.
W&K: Five months.

» Wedding dress:
C&D: The train of Diana’s dress designed by the Emmanuels was 25 feet long and it took three months to make. It was valued at £9,000, or £25,700 today. 
W&K: TBA, latest rumor is that it will be by Sarah Burton, protegee of Alexander McQueen.

» Guest list:
C&D: 3,500, wedding breakfast with 120 family guests, including Nancy Reagan.
W&K: 1,900 people were invited, including members of Parliament, foreign heads of state, charity leaders and celebrities as well as the couple’s friends.

» Transportation:
C&D: Horse-drawn carriage before and after the ceremony.
W&K: Kate will arrive at the wedding by Rolls-Royce.

» Rings:
C&D: All recent wedding rings have been made from the same piece of Clogau Welsh gold given to the royal family in 1923.
W&K: William and Kate will use the same family gold, choosing their own design.

» Visitors drawn to London:
C&D: 600,000
W&K: More than 1 million expected.

» TV viewers:
C&D: Estimated 750 million.
W&K: More than 1 billion expected.

» The money shot:
C&D: Kissed on balcony at Buckingham Palace.
W&K: Kiss on balcony at Buckingham Palace (expected).


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