Princess Diana and Prince Charles: The Unreal Wedding

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Overloaded with Will & Kate royal wedding "news"? You haven't seen anything yet. We've yet to reach the level of hysteria that accompanied the announcement of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles' engagement exactly 30 years ago. Diana's wedding in July of 1981 included 27 wedding cakes, few friends, and one billion spectators—not to mention the fact that it spawned an entire generation of royal wedding junkies. (Present company included.) To help provide some context to Kate and Wills' upcoming royal wedding, we decided to take a look back at the wedding that started it all. —Lauren Matthews

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