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Princess Diana had a hidden message on the shoes she wore on her wedding day

Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror
 2021-07-28
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Princess Diana and Prince Charles on their wedding day - almost 40 years ago to the day (Image: Getty Images)

The ivory silk taffeta and antique lace gown with its 25ft train glistened as she walked down the aisle of St Paul's Cathedral almost 40 years ago to the day.

But one part of the outfit that was hidden from view by the iconic David and Elizabeth Emmanuel-designed dress were her wedding shoes.

And even though hardly anybody noticed them - they were just as exquisite.

The suede shoes were adorned with 542 sequins and 132 pearls with Diana choosing an elegant heart-shaped pattern.

And underneath the small heels - the late princess had a hidden message, a small 'C and D' painted under the heel.

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The shoes that Diana wore on her wedding day (Image: 2009 Getty Images)

The shoes, which took six months to make, were created by celebrity cobbler Clive Shilton.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he recalled: "She [Diana] was a very shy, sweet, smiley-eyed young girl.

"Her main concern was that she wouldn't appear taller than Prince Charles, and because she was very tall – 5'10" – the shoes would have to have a low heel."

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Charles and Diana share a kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day (Image: Tim Graham/Getty Images)

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"No one even saw the bottom of the shoes, but it was important to us that they looked fantastic. You would have seen much more of them if she'd tripped!"

The fairytale wedding ceremony took place in front of 3,500 guests, with more than 750 million people tuning in to watch Charles and Diana tie the knot at home.

And with all eyes on them, it appears nerves might have slightly got the better of both of them when it came to the wedding vows - as they both made mistakes.

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Diana split from Prince Charles in 1992 and the pair divorced in 1996 (Image: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

Charles said his vows first and instead of reciting "my worldly goods" he actually said "thy worldly goods".

Meanwhile, Diana muddled Charles' names - and ended up calling him by the wrong name.

His full name is Charles Philip Arthur George but when it came to the vows, Diana called him Philip Charles.

At the time of the wedding, royal author Penny Junor claims Charles believed the wedding was a mistake but knew it was too late to pull out.

She said: "Charles was not convinced he was doing the right thing in marrying Diana but there was no way out and, bolstered by the hope that things would be different once they were married, he put a brave face on it."

A year after their fairytale wedding, Charles and Diana welcomed Prince William and later Prince Harry but the couple separated in 1992 after their marriage broke down.

The couple divorced in 1996, just a year before Diana tragically died following a car crash in Paris.

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