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Charles and Diana: The Wedding of the Century

itv London at 9:00pm (Other show times...)

Charles and Diana: The Wedding of the Century

Just like Kate and William's recent marriage, the wedding between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer was an iconic moment in modern British history. This documentary looks back at that day in July 1981, at what it meant for the country and for some of those personally involved in making such a huge event happen.

Charles and Diana: The Wedding of the Century takes us back a generation to a very different time in royal history, but one which captivated the public just as much as the recent wedding at Westminster Abbey.

Thirty years ago Britain was a country in crisis with mass unemployment, inner-city riots and deep recession. But this fairytale ceremony gave the public a much needed reason to celebrate and an opportunity to enjoy the romance and glamour of a royal wedding.

In the programme, fashion designer David Emanuel talks about working with Diana to create that fairytale dress and recalls the fun they had in deciding on the now famous 25 foot long train, never imagining that it would have to be bundled into a carriage and arrive 'squashed'.

The programme follows David as he visits Althorp, Diana's former home and final resting place, for an emotional reunion with the iconic wedding dress. Adding to the poignancy of the visit, it takes place on the eve of what would have been Diana's 50th birthday.

Also in the programme, India Hicks, who played a major role on the day of the wedding as one of Diana's bridesmaids, returns to the steps of St Paul's Cathedral where she reminisces about the moment she had to help unfurl that famously creased train with the eyes of the world upon her.

The documentary also includes rarely-seen archive footage from the day and includes recollections from those who covered the wedding on television, including Selina Scott, Martyn Lewis and royal photographer Arthur Edwards.

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Charles and Diana: The Wedding of the Century

Charles and Diana: The Wedding of the Century

itv London at 9:00pm

Documentary looking back at Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer's wedding, a defining moment of the 20th century....

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