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British Royal Weddings and the Barriers That Fell With Them

Wedding fever carried across the ocean, with many American businesses and restaurants holding events to commemorate the nuptials. The couple met when they were students at St. Andrew’s in Scotland, and Kate’s wedding to Prince William was unusual in the context of the royal family, because she was a commoner. Their marriage was seen as an example of how members of a new generation of royals were taking spouses of choice rather than of royal lineage after the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana ended in divorce. William and Catherine are expecting the birth of their third child in April. Credit Alastair Grant/European Pressphoto Agency Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla Parker Bowles were married in April 2005. It was the second marriage for both, and each had two children from the first marriage, all of whom attended the civil service and church blessing in Windsor. The marriage made Camilla, his longtime mistress, the Duchess of Cornwall and wife to the heir of the throne. The wedding was a sign of how things had changed from the era when royals were not allowed to marry divorced people. Prince Charles’s first marriage, to Lady Diana Spencer in July 1981 , was called the “wedding of the century” by the tabloids and watched by an estimated 750 million people worldwide.

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