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A fairytale wedding only the '80s could create (and the '90s could destroy)

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 Charles and Diana wedding

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer married July 29, 1981, making them (along with General Hospital's Luke and Laura) the definitive newlyweds of our beloved decade. The marriage would last until Aug. 28, 1996. Personally, I blame the music of Third Eye Blind and the Spin Doctors.

On this day when another royal wedding is taking place (either that or I'm watching a rerun of Four Weddings and a Funeral, I can't tell), here are five factoids about the wedding of Charles and Diana that still stand out.

IT WASN'T AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY: It was at St. Paul's Cathedral, which could accommodate a larger crowd. Among those in attendance: Nancy Reagan, but not then-president Ronald Reagan, who was still recovering from an assassination attempt.

THE AUDIENCE: An estimated 600,000 crowded the streets of London that day. Another 750 million watched on TV, making it the largest TV audience ever (but we're assuming that record is broken today by William & Co.)

THE GLITCHES: Aside from the divorce, we mean. Diana reversed Charles' first and middle names during the vows. She also forgot to say she'd "obey" him as well. That's fine. I'm sure that didn't jinx anything.

THE CAKE: My next wedding (fourth or fifth? I've lost count), I'm having a cheesecake or an ice cream cake -- the only two forms of cake I can tolerate. Charles and Diana, on the other hand, had 27 wedding cakes. I doubt Carvel made any of them. (Learn from your ole colonial pals, my fine British friends!)

PRODUCTIVE HONEYMOON: Less than a year after the wedding, Charles and Diana produced their first child, William, on June 21, 1982. Maybe you've heard of him lately.

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