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Twenty-year-old Diana became Princess of Wales when she married the Prince of Wales on 29 July 1981 at St Paul's Cathedral, which offered more seating than Westminster Abbey, a church that was generally used for royal nuptials.
The service was widely described as a "fairytale wedding" and was watched by a global television audience of 750 million people while 600,000 spectators lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the couple en route to the ceremony.
This was followed by an invitation to Balmoral (the Royal Family's Scottish residence) to meet his family one weekend in November 1980.
Lady Diana was well received by the Queen, the Queen Mother and the Duke of Edinburgh.
She took a series of low-paying jobs; she worked as a dance instructor for youth until a skiing accident caused her to miss three months of work.
She then found employment as a playgroup pre-school assistant, did some cleaning work for her sister Sarah and several of her friends, and acted as a hostess at parties.
On 21 June 1982, the Princess gave birth to the couple's first son and heir, William Arthur Philip Louis.
"Diana Spencer", "Lady Di", "People's Princess", and "Princess Diana" redirect here.
For other uses, see Diana Spencer (disambiguation), Lady Di (disambiguation), People's Princess (disambiguation), and Princess Diana (disambiguation).
The marriage produced two sons, the princes William and Harry, who were then respectively second and third in the line of succession to the British throne.
As Princess of Wales, Diana undertook royal duties on behalf of the Queen and represented her at functions overseas.
Diana's wedding to the Prince of Wales took place at St Paul's Cathedral on 29 July 1981 and reached a global television audience of over 750 million people.