A guide to Royal Weddings

 Image: A more relaxed portrait of Princess Diana by world famous fashion photographer Mario Testino

Image: A more relaxed portrait of Princess Diana by world famous fashion photographer Mario Testino

A guide to Royal Weddings

The first Royal wedding to be televised was Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey on 6 May 1960 with circa 20 million viewers. It took a further 13 years until viewers got a glimpse of the next Royal Wedding when Princess Anne and Mark Phillips were married at Westminster Abbey 14 November 1973, this time with around a television audience of  500 million! People then lined the streets to get a glimpse of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Frances Spencer at Westminster Abbey on 29 July 1981 plus a around 650 million television audience. 

 Image: Princess Margaret's Wedding Day 1960.

Image: Princess Margaret's Wedding Day 1960.

Princess Diana & Prince Charles

Princess Diana and Prince Charles got married in July 1981, reciting their vows in front of a congregation of 3,400 at St Paul’s Cathedral, and an estimated TV audience of 750 million across the globe.

The ceremony was a traditional Church of England wedding service, presided over by the Most Reverend Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Very Reverend Alan Webster, Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral. An estimated 750 million people watched the ceremony worldwide and this figure allegedly rose to a billion when the radio audience is added in, although there are no means of verifying these figures. Two million spectators lined the route of Diana's procession from Clarence House, with 4,000 police and 2,201 military officers to manage the crowds.

Lady Diana arrived at the cathedral in the Glass Coach with her father, John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer; she was escorted by six mounted Metropolitan Police officers.[4] She arrived almost on time for the 11:20 BST ceremony. The carriage was too small to hold the two of them comfortably due to her voluminous dress and train. She made the three-and-a-half minute walk up the red-carpeted aisle with the sumptuous 25 ft (8 m) train of gown behind her.

Diana accidentally changed the order of Charles's names during her vows, saying "Philip Charles Arthur George" instead of the correct "Charles Philip Arthur George". Charles also made an error. He said he would offer her "thy goods" instead of "my worldly goods". She did not promise to "obey" him as part of the traditional vows. That word was eliminated at the couple's request, which caused a sensation at the time.

 Image: good news for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Image: good news for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

In the latest news the Queen has approved the Wedding of Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle.

The declaration means the Royal nuptials can go ahead in May - as without them, Harry would be disqualified from ever being king. The marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has received formal consent from the Queen.

Her Majesty's declaration, given at a meeting of the Privy Council on Wednesday, refers to her "most dearly beloved grandson Prince Henry" and "Rachel Meghan Markle". Henry is actually Harry's first name. As she did for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Queen will have signed an Instrument of Consent, issued under the Great Seal of the Realm.