Over thirty years ago, Lady Diana Spencer stepped out to marry Prince Charles on July 29, 1981 and left everyone in awe with her fairytale-inspired custom wedding dress which was coined “the most closely guarded secret in fashion history.” It was Diana’s wish to keep the dress a complete surprise and the dress remained a mystery until only hours before the ceremony. Designer husband and wife team David and Elizabeth Emanuel designed the ivory gown with dramatic embroidery, 10 000 pearls and a 25 foot train that inspired brides all around the world for decades. The dress was so intricately designed that many Princess Diana fans may have missed a few hidden details that happened behind the scenes while crafting the gown. Follow along for 12 things you likely didn’t know about Princess Diana’s legendary wedding dress:
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12. She followed the something old, new, borrowed and blue tradition
Although Princess Diana was a very progressive royal and became known for her forward-thinking nature, she still stuck to a few classic traditions on the day of her wedding! The bride followed the something old, new, borrowed, blue tradition on the big day. The fabric was spun specifically for the dress at a British silk farm, the lace was an antique and the gown featured a small blue bow sewn into the waistband. For the borrowed portion of the tradition, Diana borrowed a Spencer family heirloom — an 18th century tiara!