The Wedding of the Century: How to watch new Charles and Diana 40th anniversary film

BritBox will release The Wedding of the Century from Touchdown Films, which has beautifully restored Charles and Diana’s 1981 Royal Wedding in high definition.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 23 June 2021 - 11.50am
Touchdown Films/AP Charles and Diana on their wedding day in a carriage

On July 29, 1981, a record 750 million people in 74 countries tuned in to see Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles exchange vows at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

At the time, video technology couldn’t quite capture the details of the event in all of their glory, and all except for one media outlet captured the wedding on poor quality standard definition video tape.

However one outlet, British Movietone, shot the ceremony on 35mm film, and its recording has been loving restored to today’s 4k resolution with astounding results.

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Charles and Diana are cheered by masses of onlookers on their wedding day Touchdown Films/AP

This new version means viewers can see every detail down to the creases in Diana’s iconic gown as she steps out of the royal carriage.

Updated footage from Charles and Diana’s big day will be revealed in The Wedding of the Century, a feature-length documentary about the historic day.

“We are delighted to be working with BritBox on this new feature-length documentary that reframes one of the most iconic days in history like never before,” said Touchdown Films founder John Osborne.

What is The Wedding of the Century?

Charles waves to the public as Diana looks on Touchdown Films/AP

The Wedding of the Century is a mix of never-before-heard anecdotes from the day and interviews with key insiders involved in planning the record-breaking event.

These include the chief royal florist David Longman, who met with Diana to create a bouquet fit for a princess, musical director Barry Rose, who conducted the choir inside St Paul’s Cathedral, Royal Navy head baker Dave Avery, who met with Diana before spending 14 weeks creating the wedding cake, and royal photographer Kent Gavin, who captured the ceremony inside St Paul’s and who Diana later chose to photograph Prince William’s christening.

Combined with the beautifully restored high-definition film, this is a must-see for all royal fans and younger viewers intrigued by the famous day.

When is The Wedding of the Century released?

Diana in her iconic wedding dress in 1983 Touchdown Films/AP

Watch The Wedding of the Century in the UK from July 15, exclusively on BritBox.

US fans will be able to watch the programme on BritBox North America from July 29.

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