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The vision of Princess Diana in her wedding dress with its lace and ruffles and a train that seemed to go on and on (25 feet in all) was forever etched in our minds on July 29, 1981 when she married Prince Charles at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.


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Diana's dress was designed by the British designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel, and now, Elizabeth has revealed that they also designed second wedding dress. Apparently, a "spare" dress was created in case the details of the real wedding dress were discovered and released to the public. The royal family wanted to make sure that whatever Diana wore was a complete surprise.

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The second dress (seen on People.com), however, bears a striking resemblance to the first. It has the same ruffled neckline only without the lace. In general, the ivory silk taffeta gown is a much simpler, more pared down version of the elaborate gown Diana did wear.

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The dress was truly on reserve for an emergency situation only: Diana never tried it on. In fact, the designers never even mentioned its existence to her.

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  • geomcd

    So called royalty or not, those dresses aren't very pretty.

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  • Linda

    I loved Diana but I hated her dress. I thought it was too puffy and the sleeves too overwhelming for her body size. The worst of all the dresses I've seen.

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