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Prince Charles and Princess Diana Started This Royal Trend

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Royal weddings are watched by millions of people around the world, tuning into watch history go own, no matter what time zone they are in. While royal weddings have always been a spectacle, in recent years they have changed slightly with more modern protocols being brought in.

One of the most photographed moments of the entire day is the first kiss between the royal bride and groom. However, this wasn’t always the case and it turns out that Prince Charles and Princess Diana started this trend when they married in 1981.

Despite having a rocky relationship with a heartbreaking ending, when the couple wed, they looked very much in love. They tied the knot at Westminster Abbey before making their way over to Buckingham Palace for official photos with the rest of the royal family and a wedding reception. 750 million people worldwide watched on as the royal family, along with the newlyweds stood on the balcony of the palace, waving at the crowds who flocked in their thousands to get a glimpse of them.

Itr was on this balcony that Prince Charles placed a sweet kiss on Diana’s hand before the crowd started chanting “give her a kiss!” At that moment, Prince Charles lent forward and kissed his bride, to the delight of absolutely everyone. It was a moment that went down in royal history. They never made public displays of affection, but the people’s princess was of course the one to change all of this. 

In addition, in their wedding vows, Diana was the first royal bride to omit the word “obey” from her vows, something that her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, also did on their own wedding days. Prince Charles and Diana were the ones who made it acceptable for royal couples to touch each other in public. Prince William and Kate Middleton followed in their footsteps, as did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle last year.

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