“This is the stuff of which fairy tales are made,” said the Archbishop of Canterbury in his address at the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales. It was an apt observation. The interest with which the nation watched the blossoming of their romance, the wave of enthusiasm and goodwill generated by their engagement, the excited anticipation and rapturous joy of their remarkable wedding – all these were fitting accompaniments to the whirlwind story of the quiet, unassuming daughter of an Earl who won the heart of the heir to the throne and became Britain s first Princess of Wales for over seventy years.
In tracing the busy and enjoyable months since the public’s first awareness of the Prince’s attraction to his bride, this book, with its plentiful supply of full colour pictures, describes Lady Diana Spencer’s swift apprenticeship for the role of Princess of Wales and ultimately Queen Consort. With vividly illustrated descriptions of the supreme ceremonial of the “Wedding of the Century”, it goes on to show how both the Prince and his charming wife are beginning to achieve the difficult reconciliation between public and private life, and between the hallowed royal traditions and the pressures for continuing modernisation and informality
The approaching birth of the royal couple’s first child highlights the conflicting claims of public attention and personal privacy. In the established royal tradition, however, those claims will, for a short while at least, be fused in celebrations both national and domestic as the direct succession to the British Crown becomes assured to the second generation.
Hardcover. 144 pages. In good to very good preloved condition with the exception of the dustcover showing signs of wear including a small tear about 25mm long.