Princess Diana was one of these lucky brides, but unfortunately her tiara left her with a splitting headache on her wedding day. Her brother, Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, who was 16 years old when Lady Di became Princess Di, recently revealed that his sister was not used to wearing a tiara, let alone for hours at a time.
Despite the pressure and pain, she was still "relaxed and happy" on her wedding day. The tiara was not part of the Crown Jewels, but a Spencer family heirloom with an elaborate design of stylized flowers decorated with diamonds in silver settings.
Charles told Entertainment Tonight that he "did not realize the significance of the marriage or how Diana had been transformed in the public's eyes into an international icon."
During the interview, which took place on the grounds of St. Paul's Cathedral, where the royal wedding took place on July 29, 1981, he remembered that "In the evening we all went to a sort of semiprivate party and she was there, and she seemed incredibly relaxed and happy, and I just remember she had a cracking headache, too, because she wasn't used to wearing a tiara all morning."
He also recalled that before the ceremony, "I remember going to see Diana as she was getting ready in her wedding dress (made by David and Elizabeth Emanuel), and before that, she was just my big sister. But then when I walked in that day, I thought, my goodness, they've transformed her into, I have to say, a very beautiful woman. She did become that day a sort of fairy-tale princess. It was almost like she was handed over to the world that day."
He added, "I remember sort of going home at the end of the day and thinking, 'Well, that's that,' and not realizing what a global phenomenon both the day had been and that Diana had become."
But above all, he says, "It was such a happy day. Everyone was so elated. It just seemed like a new era for everyone."
Besides the Spencer tiara, and his memories, Charles kept a piece of his sister's wedding cake in a box with her name on it.
You can watch a video of the interview below:
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