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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 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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