Princess Diana Had a Secret Message Painted on the Bottom of Her Wedding Shoes

the prince and princess of wales on the balcony of buckingham palace on their wedding day, 29th july 1981 diana wears a wedding dress by david and elizabeth emmanuel and the spencer family tiara photo by terry fincherprincess diana archivegetty images
Princess Diana ArchiveGetty Images
    • One detail from the wedding that's getting buzz is that Diana had a secret message painted on the soles of her shoes—a small "C" and "D" for Charles and Diana.
      • Clive Shilton, the cobbler who made the shoes, said she was also very concerned about the heel height. "Her main concern was that she wouldn't appear taller than Prince Charles, and because she was very tall–5'10"—the shoes would have to have a low heel," he said.

        Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding was exactly 40 years ago today, and in honor of the anniversary, royal wedding fun facts and throwbacks are dominating royal headlines. One such fun fact: Diana had a secret message painted on the soles of her wedding shoes for the big day.

        According to The Sun, Diana's wedding shoes were "beautiful suede heels with 542 sequins and 132 pearls in a sweet heart-shaped pattern." Diana requested that a final detail be added to the already-impressive shoes though, and had a small "C" and "D" painted on the bottom of the shoes as a secret message just for her and Charles on their special day.

        Clive Shilton, the cobbler who spent six months working on the stunning heels, said the secret message wasn't the only request Diana made about the shoes for her wedding day. She was also very concerned about how tall she would be in the heels.

        "[Diana] was a very shy, sweet, smiley-eyed young girl," Shilton told the Daily Mail. "Her main concern was that she wouldn't appear taller than Prince Charles, and because she was very tall–5'10"—the shoes would have to have a low heel."

        The secret message has since been revealed to the public, as the shoes have been put on display. Even with the soles turned up, the "message" is still pretty hidden though. If you look very (very, very) closely, you can make out the "C" and "D" at the bottom of the floral design, right above the straight edge of the heel:

        philadelphia   october 1  princess dianas wedding slippers are displayed at a preview of the traveling diana a celebration exhibit at the national constitution center on october 1, 2009 in philadelphia, pennsylvania the exhibit, not shown in the us since 2007, opens tomorrow and continues through december 31  photo by william thomas caingetty images
        William Thomas CainGetty Images

        "No one even saw the bottom of the shoes, but it was important to us that they looked fantastic," Shilton said of the detail. "You would have seen much more of them if she'd tripped!"

        This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io
        Advertisement - Continue Reading Below