On 23rd July 1986 Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson had a fabulous royal wedding at Westminster Abbey watched by a TV audience of 500 million viewers who were fascinated by the pageantry of the occasion!
Sarah was driven in the Glass Coach with her father Sir Ronald from Clarence House to the Abbey while thousands of people lining the streets of London cheered ecstatically. 2000 dignitaries watched the bride walk slowly up the long aisle with a 17-foot train flowing behind her. The Queen had conferred Andrew with the title Duke of York just 90 minutes before the ceremony thus bestowing on Sarah the courtesy title of Duchess of York when she said the magic words: “I do!” Read more […]
Sarah agreed to obey her husband – an optional clause for us ordinary mortals but surely not for royal princess even in the 21st Century. Witness what happened to the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana after she foolishly chose to omit this traditional but essential vow. Nevertheless Sarah invented her own brand of foolishness and the Duke of Edinburgh must have had second sight to have remarked when he saw Sarah‘s plans for the royal couple’s bedroom: “It looks like a tart’s bedroom!” though my favourite quote from the Duke of Gaffs (who was infamous in Portsmouth for his romantic exploits as a young lieutenant in the Royal Navy) is when he said of his daughter Anne: “If it doesn’t fart or eat hay, she isn’t interested!”
Including live footage of the royal wedding from the BBC’s Airship!