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WATCH: Restored footage of Charles and Diana's wedding released

Footage from the 29 July 1981 wedding has been released in 4K resolution on YouTube.

di The then Prince and Princess of Wales kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding in 1981 Source: PA Archive/PA Images

IT WAS THE wedding that captivated the world. Lady Diana Spencer said ‘I will’ to Britain’s Prince Charles, becoming Princess of Wales and bringing fresh youth and glamour to Britain’s royal family.

Now, 36 years later, the Associated Press has restored original footage from the 29 July 1981 wedding and released it in 4K resolution on YouTube.

Source: AP Archive/YouTube

The 25 minutes of footage comes from the archive of British Movietone, which AP acquired in 2016. British Movietone was the only company to film the wedding on high-quality 35mm film, making it possible to restore it to a higher quality.

“The restored 4K film is simply stunning and a world away from the 1980s videotape versions that we’re familiar with,” Alwyn Lindsey, AP’s vice president of sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said.

Source: AP Archive/YouTube

Many members of the public had huge affection for Diana, whose marriage to Charles later dissolved.

Her sons, Princes William and Harry, have carried on her legacy by promoting frank discussions of mental health issues, among other causes.

Source: AP Archive/YouTube

Charles and Diana separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996. A year later, she and companion Dodi Fayed died in a high-speed car crash in Paris. The 20th anniversary of the crash is on Thursday.

You can watch all the footage here.

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