On July 29, 1981, the royal wedding took place, which went down in world history as one of the most expensive and magnificent celebrations. The florist had to be pretty nervous that day, and the shoemaker created shoes with a surprise for the bride.
The royal florist David Longman was responsible for the floral decorations of St. Paul's Cathedral and the bridal bouquet. The specialist wanted to create a composition that would reflect Diana's personality and match her wedding dress. David noted that for the perfect bouquet, you need to know not only the outfit and character of the girl, but also her hairstyle, height and, of course, take into account the wishes.
The florist's task was hampered by the fact that designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel had little to say about the dress. They gave Longman a piece of material and a sketch. According to the florist, Diana was not demanding, but he received a special order from Elizabeth II. The queen lost flowers at her wedding, so she asked to make two identical bouquets, in order to avoid a repetition of the embarrassment. Nevertheless, David had to get nervous when he saw the bride.
“I experienced a terrible shock when I saw Diana getting out of the carriage. My heart stopped because she had no bouquet in her hands! I thought, "God, what happened this time ?!" But he immediately calmed down when the flowers were brought to her. It was a disgusting 30 seconds! " - remembered the florist.
Princess Diana and other stars known for their scandalous statements
In 1995, Princess Diana spoke with BBC journalist Martin Bashir, which provoked a huge scandal. She stated that there were originally three people in their marriage to Charles, hinting at his longtime lover Camilla Parker-Bowles. The Princess of Wales spoke openly about her depression, bulimia, anxiety and despair - topics that were taboo by default for members of the royal family.
The designer of the outfit said that Diana lost a lot of weight before the wedding. There were several reasons: the young age of the bride and the presence of a mistress for the groom. On a nervous one, Spencer had bulimia, which she fought for the rest of her life. According to Elizabeth Emmanuelle, Diana's waist at the wedding was only 58 centimeters.
“Most brides lose weight, so we weren't that worried when it happened. She looked fantastic. As a result, she had a waist of 58 centimeters,”the designer shared her secret.
A small golden horseshoe with a diamond was sewn onto the bow of the bodice of the dress for good luck. David Emmanuel was very worried about the hem of the outfit. He got into an awkward situation when he wanted to make sure that the crinoline skirts did not fall off during the bride's passage to the altar.
The custom-made wedding shoes were made by the royal shoemaker Clive Shilton. He adorned them with 542 sparkles and 132 pearls. Diana asked him to make shoes with low heels so as not to be taller than Charles - the height of the bride and groom was the same. On the sole inside the shoe, Clive engraved the newlyweds' initials "C" and "D" (B and D) and engraved a heart between them.
“Nobody could see this part of the shoe, but it was important for us that the shoes were fantastic from every angle,” Shilton said.
Royal weddings are planned down to the last detail. Nobody wants a celebration that has spent tens of millions on spoiling. In England, rain could interfere with the holiday. In case of bad weather, an umbrella was specially made for the bride. It was made of the same lace as the dress, and was also hand-embroidered with pearls and sequins.
Fashion designers of Bellville Sassoon delirium also played it safe, creating an outfit for the princess's honeymoon trip. They prepared a dress that came with two jackets.
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Confectioner Dave Avery was the author of the main treat at Diana and Charles' wedding. The cake was prepared at the Royal Navy Cooking School in Chatham. According to Dave, the princess expressed only two wishes for the dessert.
“Diana didn't want the cake to look like a monument. She also asked to add rum, which sailors love, because they have never tasted it,”Avery said.
The bride's wishes were taken into account. The cakes were first soaked in rum and then baked for nine hours. For the filling, the pastry chef used candied fruits and nuts. The 115-kilogram dessert was covered with white glaze and garnished with marzipan.