Over 750 million royal fans from all over the world tuned in to their TVs on July 29th, 1981, to watch as the fairytale wedding of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer took place in London.
It was everything supporters of the Crown could have wanted from a royal wedding – the couple had 27 wedding cakes, Diana’s Emanuel dress had the longest train in royal history and the day was announced as a public holiday in the UK.
But while their lavish ceremony may have pleased the droves of well-wishers who turned out to line the streets on the day, the marriage of a then 20-year-old Princess Diana and 32-year-old Prince Charles was doomed from the very beginning, with the future king reportedly ending up in tears the night before the wedding because he was so deeply in love with his then-mistress, Camilla Parker Bowles.
It was the love triangle of the century, which would go on for the duration of Charles and Diana’s 11-year marriage, with the princess famously stating in an interview with Martin Bashir in 1995: “Well there were three of us in this marriage. So it was a bit crowded”.
Now, as Netflix’s The Crown promises to delve into the rocky royal past of Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Camilla Parker Bowles, we chronicle their relationship timeline.