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Royal weddings (and divorces) in recent years

Prince William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton are expected to be married next year, the Buckingham Palace said on Tuesday. Here's a look at some of the major British royal weddings from the past 30 years:

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July 29, 1981: In a fairy tale wedding, Prince Charles married 20-year-old Lady Diana Spencer in a celebration estimated to cost more than £1.5-million. The Princess of Wales became one of the most high-profile royals and gave the institution some glamour. She gave birth to William in 1982 and Harry in 1984.


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But the union was ill-starred and the marriage eventually collapsed amid mutual accusations of adultery. The couple announced their separation in 1992 and were divorced in 1996. Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

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July 23, 1986: Prince Andrew married high-spirited publishing executive Sarah Ferguson in a wedding with an estimated price tag of more than £1.5-million. The couple became the Duke and Duchess of York. The Duchess gave birth to Beatrice in 1988 and Eugenie in 1990.

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Their marriage fell apart in 1992 after the publication of raunchy photographs showing the still-married duchess in the arms of another man, Texan John Bryan.

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June 19, 1999: Prince Edward marries public relations executive Sophie Rhys-Jones and they become the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

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The countess gave birth to Louise in 2003 and James in 2007. The Queen’s youngest son is the only one of her children who has not divorced.

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April 9, 2005: Prince Charles marries Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony attended by their children, siblings and other family members.

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The Queen and Prince Philip did not attend but were present for the blessing at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. The wedding cost an estimated £500,000. Ms. Parker Bowles became the Duchess of Cornwall.

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