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Royal wedding disasters

Royal wedding disasters
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From drunken kings to runaway horses, even royal weddings have their share of flubs. Here are some of the more memorable that have gone down in history.

No shut-eye for the groom

No shut-eye for the groom
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Wedding day jitters weren’t the only thing that kept Prince William up all night before he tied the knot with the lovely former Kate Middleton – the ruckus and hubbub from all his supportive yet noisy well-wishers were also to blame. “They were singing and cheering all night long, so the excitement of that, the nervousness of me and everyone singing – I slept for about half an hour,” William said, according to The Daily Mail.

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Something borrowed, something blue, and something broken?

Something borrowed, something blue, and something broken?
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Even the unflappable Queen Elizabeth II had to deal with a wedding mishap: her broken tiara. “The Fringe Tiara was given to Queen Elizabeth on her wedding day, and the hairdresser broke it,” royal jeweller House of Garrard told Marie Claire in an interview. “On that day, they had police escort it to the House of Garrard workshops. We fixed the tiara that morning, had it sent back to Queen Elizabeth, and then she got married in it. You don’t expect the royals to have those sorts of mix-ups, but they do!”

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Tongue-tied

Tongue-tied
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In hindsight, it was an ominous sign about the future of her marriage when Princess Diana flip-flopped the first and middle name of her groom referring to him as “Philip Charles” rather than “Charles Philip.” Barbara Walters made this comment about the flub, “All it did was endear her more to her people because it was human and understandable.”

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Horsing around

Horsing around
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You may be familiar with the term runaway bride, but what about runaway horse? That’s exactly what happened as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s procession left Westminster Abbey after they got hitched. According to ABC News, one of the horses in the procession got spooked from the revelry of the crowd and tossed the cavalry guardsman riding him to the tarmac below. Neither the horse nor the guardsman was harmed.

Tripped up

Tripped up
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It wouldn’t be a wedding unless someone… tripped? Although Princess Diana’s train was 760m long, she managed it flawlessly. Her 5-year-old bridesmaid Clementine Hambro, Winston Churchill’s granddaughter and Diana’s former student, however, tripped on it. Diana gently asked little Clementine if she had “bumped her bottom.”

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Don’t cry over… spilled perfume

Don’t cry over… spilled perfume
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When Princess Diana walked down the aisle in her now iconic wedding dress, little did the crowd know it had been stained from her favourite perfume, Quelques Fleurs. Her makeup artist Barbara Daly spilled the beans about the spilled perfume, explaining it was Diana that got it on the dress by mistake, reports People. According to the magazine, Daly told the soon-to-be princess “to simply hold that spot on her dress as she was walking to make it seem like she was lifting the front of her dress so she didn’t step on it. She was even spotted trying to cover the spot where the perfume spilled with her hand as she approached the altar.”

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Got the goods

Got the goods
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Prince Charles flubbed his wedding vows when reciting them to Diana. Rather than promise to share “all his worldly goods” he inadvertently omitted the word “worldly” and only mentioned “goods.”

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Stamp collecting faux pas

Stamp collecting faux pas

If you lived in New Zealand in 2011, you may have been the recipient of a postage stamp created to celebrate the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Although the stamp was meant to commemorate the lovely couple tying the knot, ABC News reports that when users went to put the stamp on a letter to mail they ended up having to “tear apart the happy couple.” Wedding stamp fail.

A wrinkle in time

A wrinkle in time
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The train of Diana’s wedding dress was truly one for the record books. At 760cm in length, dress designer David Emanuel accommodated Diana’s wishes when she kept asking for a longer and longer train. Of course, all that extra fabric had to get to St. Paul’s Cathedral with the bride-to-be in it. Unfortunately, shoving large amounts of taffeta into a glass coach can result in one wrinkled train.

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