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750 Million Watch Royal Wedding

Prince Charles Lady Diana

1981,  July 29  - The heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, married Lady Diana Frances Spencer in front of 750 million people today. The ceremony in London's St Paul's Cathedral was televised live throughout the world. In Britain the official public holiday was celebrated in street parties by hundreds of thousands of people. Of the few people working, one staunch trade unionist Harry Crapper of Sheffield said he did not agree with "all this junketing". Another note of discord was sounded by the King and Queen of Spain who declined their invitation to the wedding because the royal couple's honeymoon plans include picking up the royal yacht Britannia in Gibraltar, a long-standing bone of contention between Britain and Spain.