A courtly buss on the hand would later be followed by a proper kiss as the newly pronounced Diana, Princess of Wales and her prince stood on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their July 29, 1981 wedding ceremony.
Images captured of the moment also reveal details of Princess Diana’s wedding dress. Constructed of ivory silk, the David and Elizabeth Emanuel creation is sprinkled with 10,000 pearls and mother of pearl sequins and lavishly accented with Carrickmacross lace, which was originally a present to Queen Mary from the Royal School of Needlework. While the gown’s 25-foot-long train and lace-edged veil were the hallmarks of a royal bride, Diana’s wedding dress also contained more intimate items, including a small blue bow (her “something blue”) and a diamond-bedecked gold horseshoe for good luck.
A wedding dress with such “wow” factor needed a bouquet to make an equally impressive impact. When Diana walked down the aisle of St. Paul’s Cathedral she had carried with her a cluster of yellow Mountbatten roses, gardenias, stephanotis, orchids, lily of the valley, freesia, and cuttings of myrtle and veronica from Osborne House– a royal tradition observed since the days of Queen Victoria.
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