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ON this day in 1981 Prince Charles and Princess Diana ended months of media speculation by announcing that they would marry in the summer dubbed to be the “wedding of the century”.

37 years ago today, the people of the United Kingdom rejoiced at the news that a royal wedding was on the horizon.

Their engagement became official on the 24 February, 1981.

Prince Charles was 32, and Princess Diana was 19 at the time of the engagement.

They were married on Wednesday 29 July 1981 at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, with notable figures in attendance including many members of royal families from around the world.

Princess Diana showed off her engagement ring featuring 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-carat white gold.

The engagement ring was created by British luxury jewellery maker Gerrard and the cost of the ring at the time was £28,000.

The couple separated in 1992 and Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ divorce was finalised on 28 August 1996.

When Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton in 2010, William gave Princess Diana’s ring as a way to keep his late mother involved in their nuptials.

At a time when Prince Charles and Princess Diana appeared happy together, looks back on their love story in pictures revealing the special moments captured together on camera.

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