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Friday marks what would have been the 41st wedding anniversary of Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles. In front of 3,500 wedding guests and an estimated TV audience of 750 million worldwide, the couple were married. They chose St Paul’s Cathedral as the backdrop for their nuptials and thousands of well-wishers lined the streets of London to catch a glimpse of the heir and his bride.

There was a lot riding on the union of the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Charles, a then 32-year-old bachelor, felt growing pressure to find a wife and produce heirs to the British throne.

With the event being described as the wedding of the century, it’s no surprise that 20-year-old Lady Diana Spencer felt nervous walking down the aisle and saying, ‘Yes’.

In fact, Diana was so nervous that she tripped over her vows, calling her husband to be “Philip” rather than “Charles.”

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Diana made an awkward blunder during her historic wedding to Charles. (Image: Getty Images)

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Charles and Diana married in July 1981. (Image: Getty Images)

A recent Channel 5 documentary called ‘Funniest Royal Cock-Ups’ used old footage from the wedding, which caught Diana making the embarrassing mistake.

With all eyes on the future husband and wife, the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, asked Diana to repeat after him, saying: “I, Diana Frances… Take it Charles Philip George .”

However, instead, Diana said, “I, Diana Frances… Take you Philip Charles George.”

The documentary’s narrator, royal expert Gyles Brandreth, said: ‘She royally set this up’, later joking ‘at least no one noticed’.

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The prince and his new wife fell on their wedding vows. (Image: Getty Images)

At the time, the BBC called the mistake an easy mistake, saying: ‘The wedding day nerves were apparent during the ceremony. Diana mixed up the names of the prince, calling him Philip Charles Arthur George, rather than Charles Philip”.

And it’s not just Diana whose nerves got the better of them.

According to royal author Sally Bedell Smith, Charles also tripped over his words.

In her 2017 book, ‘Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Unlikely Life’, Ms Bedell Smith claimed the Prince of Wales said ‘your possessions’ instead of ‘my material possessions’ in his vows.

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Diana and Charles were married at St. Paul’s Cathedral. (Image: Getty Images)

The prince also forgot to kiss his new bride after the pair exchanged vows, but their – now iconic – impromptu kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace inspired future royal couples: Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson followed suit the step in 1986, and Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge actually kissed twice on the balcony after their 2011 ceremony.

Both Charles and Diana had expressed doubts about their relationship before the wedding.

According to Robert Jobson, author of “King Charles: The Man, the Monarch, and the Future of Britain,” Charles only proposed to Diana after receiving a memo from her father, Prince Philip.

The Duke of Edinburgh has asked his longtime single son to marry Diana or move on.

Marriage of Charles and Camille

The new Prince and Princess of Wales have inspired a new royal tradition of kissing on the balcony. (Image: Getty Images)

Wedding of Kate and William

Kate and William followed suit after they married in 2011. (Image: Getty Images)

In his book, Jobson quotes Charles as saying to a friend, “To retire, as you can probably imagine, would have been cataclysmic.

“Therefore, I was permanently between the devil and the deep blue sea.”

Their now infamous engagement interview could have predicted trouble to come.

When the interviewer asked if the couple were in love, the future princess replied, “Of course.”

But the prince simply said, “All that love means.”

Timeline of Charles and Diana's relationship

Timeline of Charles and Diana’s relationship. (Image:

Speaking to Fox News in 2017, Andrew Morton – a friend and biographer of Diana – claimed Charles had shown the same lackluster feelings to his wife privately.

He revealed that when Charles asked if Diana would marry him, he responded to her love confession with the same disappointing words.

Mr Morton said: “Prince Charles, even in the privacy of this moment, said, ‘All that love means’.

He added: “So you have to wonder if he really had a genuine feeling for Diana or was she, as she herself felt, a sacrificial lamb… producing an heir and a reserve and then rejected?”

The week of the wedding, Diana learned that her future husband had given a gift to Camilla Parker Bowles, the prince’s friend, mistress and now wife.

Engagement of Charles and Diana

Diana and Charles’ engagement interview has gone down in history for the prince’s awkward response. (Image: Getty Images)

Mr Morton claimed Diana told her sisters she wanted to call off the wedding. In turn, they insisted it was too late to back down.

So on July 29, 1981, the reluctant couple wed, making Diana the first British citizen to marry an heir to the throne in more than three centuries.

In hindsight, the couple’s nervous mistakes at the altar could have been a harbinger of the couple’s future marital woes.

After years of enduring a relationship, Diana and Charles officially separated in 1992; they divorced four years later with the blessing of Queen Elizabeth II.

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