10 Interesting Facts About Princess Diana's Iconic Wedding Dress

Date November 27, 2017 10:46

At the precise moment when Lady Diana Spencer left the royal residence of Clarence House on July 29, 1981, the world knew it was about to know the "best-kept secret in the fashion history." The design and details of the future princess's wedding dress remained a total mystery until just hours before the ceremony, and nobody was disappointed when they found out.

Today, on the 20th anniversary of her death, we look back on one of the most memorable moments of the dear princess and her famous wedding dress.

1. The lace was actually from the era of Queen Mary.


A special square of Carrickmacross lace from a salvage exchange at an auction or from a donation made by the Royal School of Needlework; it's not known with certainty.

2. Her dress could barely fit in the carriage.

According to David Emanuel, Diana kept asking for a longer train. While the team got to work folding the excess material, most of the taffeta finally laid flat in the carriage which took her to Saint Paul's Cathedral. Designer, Elizabeth Emanuel told the Daily Mail that the tight journey caused the appearance of visible wrinkles upon her arrival.

3. There was a small stain on it.

The wedding dress of Lady Diana Spencer was worn by Lady Diana Spencer at her wedding to Charles, Prince of Wales, on 29 July 1981 at St Paul's Cathedral. Diana wore an ivory silk taffeta and antique lace gown, with a 25-foot train, valued then at £9000. It became one of the most famous dresses in the world,and was considered one of the most closely guarded secrets in fashion history. #LovePrincessDiana #PrincessDiana #Princess #Diana #love #PrincessofWales #BritishRoyalfamily #PrincessFOREVER #KateMiddleton #DuchessofCambridge #PrinceWilliam #PrinceHarry #PrinceGeorge #PrincessCharlotte #PrinceCharles #British #Europe #f4f #like4like #follow4follow #like #awesome #beautiful #flowers #london #uk #happy #weddingdress #wedding #weddingday #happy

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Princess Diana actually spilled a little Quelques Fleurs perfume of the dress while she was getting ready, but simply decided to go ahead and hoped that nobody would notice, according to her makeup artist, Barbara Daly, in "Diana: The Portrait".

4. She used something old, new, borrowed, and blue.

The dress checked three of the traditional requirements with fabric woven especially by a British silk farm, using ancient lace frills and a small blue ribbon stitched onto the waistband. The Spencer family tiara, an 18th-century item, completed her look.

5. The veil was longer than the train.

David Emanuel says that the veil extended further than the folds of her dress. All of it kept her tiara in place; they used 153 yards of tulle.

6. Diana was sewn into her dress.

During the seven months leading up to the wedding, Princess Diana's waist shrunk by 5 inches as she lost more and more weight (She would later talk about her fight against eating disorders). Designers made five different bodices to fit, before finally sewing her into the final version on the day.

7. Her shoes took six months to make.


Barely visible beneath the train of her dress, Diana's silk shoes included 542 sequins and 132 heart-shaped pearls. The hand-painted soles included the initials C and D on the arch, and the heels were very short. At 5 foot, 10 inches, Diana couldn't be taller than her groom!

8. She had an umbrella in the event of rain.

Elizabeth Emanuel bought two old silk umbrellas, covered them with white and ivory fabric respectively so that nobody would know the color of her dress. Luckily, the umbrella, which was hand-embroidered with pearls, sequins, and the same silk, didn't have to be used that day. "It was made of such a lightweight material that it definitely wouldn't have been waterproof," she told the Daily Mail. "It wouldn't have been much use!"

9. A "backup" dress mysteriously disappeared.


A 2005 auction made headlines when it was offering a replacement version of the original dress (seen above). While Elizabeth Emanuel insists that she never made a copy, designers revealed that they made a different dress in case her planned design was leaked to the press. The replacement included a much more pronounced neckline and completely omitted the lace, but the unfinished ensemble disappeared after its discovery.

10. There was a horseshoe pin inside the dress.

Although nobody could see it, the Emanuels joined an 18 karat gold tag studded with white diamonds on the label of the dress. Queen Elizabeth accidentally left a safety pin and didn't remember until the following day.

The wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles was one of the most important and spectacular events of the 20th century, and her dress definitely had a big role to play in it. Did you know these details about Diana's spectacular wedding dress? Tell us in the comments and don't forget to share the article with your family and friends!

Source: Good Housekeeping

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