People were thrilled when Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in 1981. The dress! The ring! They couldn't get enough of the romance—and you've likely seen approximately a million pictures from that day as a result. Still, I dove deep into the archives and managed to find some photos you probably haven't seen before. Prepare yourself for some serious gems, ahead.
The engagement ring of the century (yep, the same sapphire sparkler that Kate Middleton now totes around) made its debut when Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer announced their engagement on the grounds outside of Buckingham Palace.
Prince Charles and Diana pose with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace after she gave her consent for their wedding. Is it just me or does everyone look rather...tense?
Diana and Charles are seen leaving St. Paul's Cathedral after their first wedding rehearsal on June 12, 1981—47 days before the big day. Hey, if you were getting married in front of, oh, I don't know, the entire world, you'd want lots of practice too.
Diana is seen leaving Emanuel's after the final fitting for her wedding dress a week before the big day. The suspense!
Husband and wife designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel were tapped to design Lady Di's dreamy taffeta gown. The designs were kept secret until the day of the ceremony, when the press was given a sketch of what they'd see on the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral.
This time, Diana and Charles leave the church only two days before their wedding. Appropriate.
Crowds camped out along the procession route the night before the wedding to ensure a good view.
A firework display took place over London on the eve of Charles and Diana's wedding on July 28, 1981.
On their wedding day, celebrations were seen throughout the United Kingdom. In Wales, the Royal Air Force performed a formation of the Prince of Wales Feathers over Caernarfon Castle.
Remember those campers? They lined the streets with British flags and decorations, hoping to get a glimpse at the couple upon their arrival.
They also relayed messages of support for the royal couple along the procession route. Seeing these signs HAD to calm Diana's nerves.
Press from every nation, including the United States, set up outposts to live broadcast the events. Here, Today hosts Willard Scott, Jane Pauley, and Tom Brokaw enjoy a spot of tea (as one does) before the ceremony.
Seriously, can you imagine driving past all of this before your wedding?
Two of the most stylish royals, Princess Anne and Princess Margaret, arrived first and did not disappoint. Those colors! Those coordinating fascinators! Just wow.
Princess Diana's bridesmaids were treated like royalty (granted, some of them were royalty), arriving in a gold carriage.
The day's festivities drew some of the most important royals from around the world—including Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly. How chic is she?!
First Lady Nancy Reagan wore a blush outfit to the nuptials. Unparalleled glamour, I tell you.
Prince Charles waves to the excited crowds along the processional—an appropriate response to the many people who camped out ahead of his wedding, if you ask me.
There are few moments more anticipated by the public than this one. Princess Diana arrived at St. Paul's Cathedral and everyone finally got to see her dress. How Diana managed to fit all that taffeta into one carriage? The world will never know.
When the bride stepped out of the carriage, she revealed a 25-foot-long train and veil. Absolutely breathtaking.
Prince Charles patiently waits for Diana to arrive while flanked by his two groomsmen, brothers Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
Diana and her father make their way to the altar. Can you imagine how wild their nerves must have been at this moment??? P.S. Take a closer at the Spencer Tiara—yep, she wore her own family jewels for her big day.
The pews were packed with more than 3,500 guests. Shout out to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to Diana's right.
Honestly, how gorge is St. Paul's Cathedral? Obsessed.
Every bride wants to impress their mother-in-law, but when your MIL also happens to be the Queen, it's customary to give a curtsy upon seeing her—even at your own wedding.
Sarah Armstrong-Jones, a.k.a. Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon's daughter, was the chief bridesmaid.
Princess Diana had a total of five bridesmaids: Clementine Hambro, Catherine Cameron, Sarah-Jane Gaselee, India Hicks, and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones. Sarah was even trusted with holding Diana's bouquet!
Diana let her nerves show when she accidentally mixed up Prince Charles' full name, referring to him as Philip Charles Arthur George rather than Charles Philip Arthur George. (I mean, who can blame her, that name is a mouthful.)
The couple share a private moment during the ceremony. What do you think they were talking about? How much they wanted a glass of bubbly?
The couple looked b-e-y-o-n-d regal as they made their way down the aisle after saying "I do."