Weddings are time for nostalgia and the upcoming wedding brings back memories of the weddings of Prince Harry’s parents and his brother Prince William’s.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana
The wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne, and Lady Diana Spencer had taken place on Wednesday 29 July 1981 at St Paul's Cathedral in London, United Kingdom. The ceremony was a traditional Church of England wedding service. The Dean of St Paul's Cathedral Alan Webster presided at the service, and the Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie conducted the marriage.
Notable figures in attendance included many members of royal families from across the world, Republican heads of state, and members of the bride's and groom's families. After the ceremony, the couple made the traditional appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. The United Kingdom had a national holiday on that day to mark the wedding. Their marriage was widely billed as a "fairytale wedding" and the "wedding of the century". It was watched by an estimated global TV audience of 750 million people.
Prince William and Catherine Middleton
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The wedding of Prince William, second in the line of succession to the British throne, and Catherine Middleton had taken place on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London, United Kingdom. The Dean of Westminster, John Hall, presided at the service; the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, conducted the marriage; Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London, preached the sermon; and a reading was given by the bride's brother, James. William's best man was his brother, Prince Harry, while the bride's sister, Pippa, was maid of honour.
The ceremony was attended by the bride's and groom's families, as well as members of foreign royal dynasties, diplomats, and the couple's chosen personal guests. After the ceremony, the couple made the traditional appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. As Prince William was not the heir apparent to the throne, the wedding was not a full state occasion and many details were left to the couple to decide, such as much of the guest list of about 1,900.