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How Princess Diana and Prince Charles Made the Balcony Kiss a Royal Wedding Tradition



It is believed that royal traditions have a deepened and meaningful backstory on how they started. Although this may be the case for some royal traditions, this is not the case for everyone.

Take Princess Diana and Prince Charles' Buckingham Palace Balcony Kiss after their wedding ceremony for example. It didn't have a meaningful or thoughtful backstory. Continue reading to learn why the royal couple shared a kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace and thus start a new royal tradition.

The forgotten wedding tradition

It is a wedding tradition to end the ceremony with a kiss. For centuries, Prince Charles forgot to kiss Princess Diana at the end of their wedding ceremony in St. Pauls Cathedral.

As History.com points out, the fact that Prince Charles forgot to kiss his bride can foreshadow future events in their marriage, or it could have been stage war. There were 3,500 guests attending the ceremony and millions of millions of people watching live TV.

  Princess Diana and Prince Charles kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after wedding ceremony.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana kissing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace Tim Graham / Getty Images

The forgotten kiss may have been part of the reason why the princess considered her wedding day all day, "the worst in her life."

Because Prince Charles forgot to kiss his new bride on St. Paul's Cathedral, the couple made up for it by kissing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the ceremony. Prince Charles and Princess Diana stood on the balcony overlooking thousands of desires, sharing their first kiss as a married couple.

Their now famous kiss began a royal wedding tradition, which Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson followed five years later at their royal wedding.

Prince William followed the tradition

When Prince William married his long-standing boyfriend, Kate Middleton, in Westminster Abbey in 2011, they also followed the prince's parents' footsteps and shared a kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding ceremony.

The image of those who kissed on the balcony became another iconic image for the royal family. Grace van Cutsem, one of the bridesmaids in the wedding party and Prince William's goddess, also made the moment memorable. She covered her ears and laughed at her face as she stood beside Middleton and Prince William as they kissed. Pictures and video recordings of van Cutsem quickly went viral.

  Kate Middleton and Prince William kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after wedding.
Prince William and Kate Middleton kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England. | Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

Prince Harry did not follow the balconies tradition

Prince Harry surpassed the tradition of kissing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace when he and Meghan Markle were married in 2018. Why? Because they go to St. George's Chapel inside Windsor Castle which does not have a balcony.

After their wedding ceremony, Markle and Prince Harry left the chapel together and stood at the top of the stairs where they shared their first kiss as a married couple.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle first kiss | ABC News YouTube

Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Markle honored the late Princess Diana in a number of ways on their wedding day.

They had their engagement photo calling in Diana's favorite garden, the sunken garden at Kensington Palace. And Prince Harry suggested that Markle with a ring he designed with two diamonds from his mother's personal jewelry collection and another stone from Botswana, a place close to his heart and a place that mattered to him and Markle as a couple.


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