Princess Diana Rode a Bike Around Clarence House the Night Before Her and Prince Charles’ Royal Wedding

by Jeremy Spirogis
Princess Diana and Prince Charles at their royal wedding

Princess Diana grew to become an official member of the British royal household not lengthy after her 20th birthday. Lots occurred within the lead as much as her and Prince Charles’ royal wedding ceremony.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles at their royal wedding
Princess Diana and Prince Charles at their royal wedding ceremony | Anwar Hussein/WireImage

Charles cried the evening earlier than questioning if he may love two ladies — Diana and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall — on the identical time. Meanwhile, Diana, who additionally had her personal doubts concerning the marriage, spent her remaining hours as a commoner driving a motorcycle at Clarence House. 

Millions watched Princess Diana and Prince Charles get married 

On July 29, 1981, Charles and Diana married in what would rapidly change into referred to as the royal wedding ceremony of the century. Those who didn’t attend the nuptials at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England, watched the ceremony dwell on TV. 

An estimated 750 million folks world wide watched Diana stroll down the aisle in what would change into one among her most iconic style moments. Decades and plenty of royal weddings later, it’s nonetheless the most-watched royal wedding ceremony ever. 

Princess Diana rode a motorcycle at Clarence House earlier than her wedding ceremony

On her final evening earlier than marrying Charles, first within the royal household’s line of succession, Diana had some enjoyable. Staying on the royal residence, Clarence House, Diana wandered the halls in search of firm. 

Author Tina Brown wrote about it in her biography The Diana Chronicles, in response to Vanity Fair. She spoke to the Queen Mother’s web page William Tallon, who advised her Diana spent a few of the evening with him. 

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Princess Diana at Highgrove | Tim Graham Photo Library by way of Getty Images

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“She seemed at such a loose end that Tallon invited her into his office for a chat with himself and an equerry,” Brown wrote in her guide. “He remembers he asked her, ‘Well so shall we all have a drink?’ And the equerry ‘poured me a stiff one, and an orange juice for Lady Diana and she was very happy.’”

“Then she saw my bicycle standing against a wall and she got on it and started to ride round and round, ringing the bell and singing, ‘I’m going to marry the Prince of Wales tomorrow.’ Ring ring. ‘I’m going to marry the Prince of Wales tomorrow!’ Ring, ring.”

“I can hear that bicycle ringing now,” Tallon stated. “She was just a child, you know, just a little girl.”

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Princess Diana roller-skated round Kensington Palace on ‘The Crown’

In The Crown Season 4, there’s a scene of a younger Diana (Emma Corrin) rollerskate by way of Kensington Palace whereas listening to Duran Duran. Asked by Vogue to verify it, The Crown producer Oona O’Beirn, stated it did certainly occur.  

“It’s true!” she stated, earlier than including that they’d needed to incorporate scenes of Diana driving a motorcycle across the evening earlier than her royal wedding ceremony.

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Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in The Crown Season 4 | Des Willie/Netflix

As for whether or not or not the People’s Princess skated by way of the galleries like she did on The Crown

“I think she probably stuck to less interesting bits of the palace, but we wanted to set it in the bits of the palace we’d already seen,” she stated. 

Years after their fairy-tale royal wedding ceremony, Charles and Diana separated earlier than divorcing in 1996.

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