Princess Diana and Prince Charles on their wedding day in 1981.
As every bride-to-be, Lady Diana Spencer wanted to make sure that they fit in her wedding dress – with the exception of the 19-year-old was tying the knot with Prince Charles of England, future king.
Designer Elizabeth Emanuel, who created Princess Diana’s iconic wedding dress for her royal wedding on 29 July 1981, told People Magazine Sunday that the 19-year-old was eager to shed her “puppy fat” to walk down the aisle.
“Most brides lose weight,” Emanuel told the magazine. “So we were not afraid when they did that. She was looking fantastic. She finished with a 23-inch waist to a 26-and 27-inch.
“She was just more confident. She was just suddenly grow up, you know? But I think she felt very good about how they looked.”
Emanuel recalled how she and her husband and partner in the design of the time made, the majestic dress in total secrecy for the shy teacher.
Princess Diana on her wedding day.
“She was just lovely, really a sort of easygoing,” said Emanuel about the future Princess Diana. “We never had special instructions on how to make the wedding dress. That added a bit of the fun of all this, it was a bit of an adventure.”
The designs of the duo decided to take Diana’s bridal train as long as possible because “St. Paul’s Cathedral is a very large area to fill in.”
On the big day, Diana casually wore a pair of jeans and watched TV while she has her jewels encrusted tiara added to her freshly done hair.
“She was incredibly together and was not in a panic,” recalled Emanuel. “But I was really worried about all of the things that possibly can go wrong. We would be taken smelling salts, glucose tablets — what if they feel weak? What if they back out? Spills something on her skirt?
“I had this kind of horror that perhaps the train would drop off. We sewed her into things, we pinned her into things.”
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But when the big moment came, the dress easily cascade out of the royal carriage as Diana took her place next to her proud father, John, 8th Earl Spencer.
Town & Country reported the ivory taffeta dress was embroidered with sequins, ruffles of lace, and 10,000 pearls. The designers connected with an 18-carat gold jewelry studded with white diamonds, a symbol of good luck. The veil is 25 metres and the side shoes were allegedly covered with 542 sequins and 132 pearls.
Emanuel even created an umbrella with matching beads in case of rain. And while Diana accidentally spilled some Quelques Fleurs perfume on the dress, she managed to hide the spot during the ceremony.
“It’s always been about a butterfly coming out of a pop,” said Emanuel. “And that’s her story, really. She grew up in a new world, a new adventure of life.”
Diana and Charles officially divorced in 1996. Since the gown’s original unveiling in 1981, has traveled all over the world for performances.
People told me that the dress was passed on to the couple’s two sons, the Princes William and Harry, as allegedly asked on Diana’s.
Diana died in 1997 at the age of 36 from a tragic car accident in Paris.