The wedding of the Prince of Wales (Prince Charles), Britain's king-in-waiting, to the English-rose aristocrat Lady Diana Spencer had all the elements of a storybook romance.
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LONDON (FEBRUARY 24, 1981)
1. SVS AND CUS CHARLES AND DIANA WALKING IN BUCKINGHAM PALACE GROUNDS AFTER ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT/ CLOSE UP OF RING/ CHARLES AND DIANA SPEAKING (ENGLISH) (4 SHOTS) 0.58
BALMORAL, SCOTLAND (1980)
2. GVS CHARLES WITH QUEEN AND QUEEN MOTHER AT (3 SHOTS) 1.12
3. SVS AND GVS DIANA SPENCER LEAVING LONDON FLAT AND BEING PURSUED BY JOURNALISTS (6 SHOTS) 1.39
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4. CU PULLBACK TO SV MONO STILL OF DIANA AS A GIRL IN FAMILY PHOTO (MUTE) 1.47
5. SV ZOOM IN MONO OF DIANA AS A BRIDESMAID TO HER SISTER (MUTE) 1.56
6. CUS COLOUR STILLS OF DIANA WITH HER KINDERGARTEN CHILDREN AND BY HERSELF (3 SHOTS) 2.16
LONDON (JULY 29, 1981) (AVAILABLE ALL)
7. SVS AND CU CHARLES AND BROTHER PRINCE ANDREW IN CARRIAGE, THEN DIANA IN COACH (3 SHOTS) 2.26
8. GV, CUS AND SVS WEDDING IN ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL (9 SHOTS) 3.25
9. GV CROWD OUTSIDE BUCKINGHAM PALACE 3.27
10. GVS AND SV CHARLES, DIANA AND ROYAL FAMILY ON BUCKINGHAM PALACE BALCONY (3 SHOTS) 3.36
LONDON (DECEMBER 22, 1982)
11. CU PULLBACK TO SV CHARLES, DIANA AND PRINCE WILLIAM AS BABY 3.44
LONDON (JUNE 8, 1992) (COPYRIGHT SKY = NO ACCESS UK/BBC)
12. SV DIANA TAKING PRINCES WILLIAM AND HARRY TO SCHOOL 3.53
COWDRAY PARK, SUSSEX, UNITED KINGDOM (JUNE 7, 1992)
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13. SV PRINCE CHARLES PLAYING POLO 3.57
14. SV TO CU CHARLES' CONFIDANTE CAMILLA PARKER-BOWLES 4.04
LONDON (JUNE 8, 1992) (COPYRIGHT SKY = NO ACC UK/BBC)
15. SV AND CUS BOOK "DIANA - HER TRUE " (3 SHOTS) 4.19
JAIPUR, INDIA (FEBRUARY 13, 1992)
16. SV DIANA PRESENTS CHARLES WITH POLO TROPHY AND HE KISSES HER 4.28
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (NOVEMBER 2, 1992)
17. GV TO SV, GV, SV AND CUS CHARLES AND DIANA AT PRESIDENTIAL RECEPTION; DIANA LOOKING BORED DURING CHARLES' SPEECH (5 SHOTS) 4.47
NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA (OCTOBER 26, 1991)
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18. GV AND CU DIANA AND PRINCES WILLIAM AND HARRY (2 SHOTS) 4.53
19. GV OF NIAGARA FALLS 4.55
TRANSCRIPT SEQUENCE 1:
CHARLES: "GRACIOUS WHAT A DIFFICULT QUESTION...WHAT DO YOU
THINK WE HAVE GOT IN COMMON?"
DIANA: "A SENSE OF HUMOUR. EVERY OUTDOOR ACTIVITY, EXCEPT I
CHARLES: "WE'LL SOON REMEDY THAT"
DIANA: "LOTS OF THINGS REALLY"
INTERVIEWER: "WHAT ABOUT YOU SIR?"
CHARLES: "NO, I THINK CERTAINLY THERE ARE ALL SORTS OF THINGS.
CERTAINLY A LOVE OF THE OUTDOORS...SHE'S A VERY ENERGETIC
CHARACTER AS WELL, WHICH IS VERY ENCOURAGING"
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Background: The wedding of the Prince of Wales (Prince Charles), Britain's king-in-waiting, to the English-rose aristocrat Lady Diana Spencer had all the elements of a storybook romance. But in the end, it was just too good to be true.
The sporty, if not quite handsome 32-year-old prince, captured a blushing bride in the 20-year-old Diana and crowned their affair with a dazzling wedding at St Paul's Cathedral. As they exchanged vows on live television, the world sighed and wiped away a tear at the sight of a fairytale come true.
But 11 years later their relationship was revealed to be a rocky one and the couple announced on Wednesday (December 8) they were finally going to separate.
Looking back through the gushing tributes and royal colour supplements, the potential problems are easy to spot.
Diana, the child of a broken marriage and barely out of girlhood, gave herself up to a life sentence of media scrutiny that would have tested the most mature and confident of women.
Charles, used to being the centre of attention as the heir to the throne, found himself playing second fiddle to a woman 12 years his junior who shared few of his high-brow interests.
But at the time of their engagement in 1981, the prince declared himself frankly amazed that Diana was brave enough to take him on and seemed relieved to have found a partner with even the basic qualifications for the job -- good manners and an absolute absence of previous lovers.
A new biography of the Princess of Wales, "Diana - Her Story", which proved the final straw in the faltering marriage describes jealous tantrums by the young princess and dark threats of suicide when she thought her husband was cold to her plight and had a lingering affection for his old flame, Camilla Parker Bowles. By their tenth wedding anniversary, the relationship had turned from fire to dispassion.
They had gone their own ways in a lifestyle not just of separate beds but also of separate holidays, separate friends, separate and rival households and almost, but not quite, separate homes.
Signs of a public backlash against the princess surfaced with the couple's November trip to Korea, when letters to newspapers suggested that she had a royal duty to smile whatever her private woes.
The criticism of her performance in Seoul may have hardened her disillusion with public life or her resolve to have her own single-parent royal household.