Forty years ago the future king and queen tied the knot - then it all went horribly wrong

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Princess Diana and Prince Charles waving to crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London after their wedding.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles waving to crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London after their wedding.
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Their fairy-tale marriage 40 years ago this month was dubbed the "wedding of the century".

But for Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer it would all end in tears, recriminations and tragedy, with the after-effects still being felt by the British royals today. 

Presidents and prime ministers as well as the crowned heads of Europe and beyond streamed into St Paul's Cathedral in London on 29 July 1981 for the ceremony, which was watched on television by 750 million people around the world.

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