It's no wonder the world is excited to learn that Prince William and Kate Middleton are engaged to be married in 2011. The closest thing we've had to a major royal wedding in recent years was when Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky got married in August. In case William and Kate forgot how these things are supposed to go down, MTV News decided to give a little refresher on the biggest royal nuptials of the modern era.
Though they didn't live happily ever after, Princess Diana and Prince Charles really set the bar high when they married in July 1981, 30 years before their son is set to walk down the aisle. The wedding became a global event with upward of 750 million people watching on TV and 600,000 people lining the streets outside St. Paul's Cathedral to catch a glimpse of the royal couple. Diana made headlines with her over-the-top dress that had a reported 25-foot train and was embroidered with about 10,000 pearls. Five years later, in July 1986, Charles' brother, Prince Andrew, married Sarah Ferguson in another televised wedding, this time at Westminster Abbey.
But since both of those couples split in the '90s, William might do better to look to other examples, like his grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark who married on November 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey with 2,000 people attending. She wore a dress designed by Sir Norman Hartnell using silk from Chinese silkworms at Lullingstone Castle.
Another royal wedding that captured the public's imagination was when American movie star Grace Kelly married Monaco's Prince Rainier III on April 18, 1956. The wedding, which took place at Monaco's Saint Nicholas Cathedral, was broadcast in Europe and watched by approximately 30 million people.
But Kate and William are a modern couple, so maybe they'll follow the footsteps of today's royalty: celebrities. But for the sake of viewers at home, we hope that if they run off to India, Katy Perry and Russell Brand-style, they'll bring the cameras along too.
Which royal wedding do you hope Kate and William will emulate? Or do you want them to do their own thing? Let us know in the comments!