A Letter From The Publisher: Aug. 10, 1981

For all its social and historical significance, the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana was something else as well: an event of unparalleled visual splendor. To capture the pageantry and pomp of the occasion, TIME deployed a team of photographers in London. They came back with some of the stunning photographs in this week's report on "The Wedding of the Century." Julian Calder shot the wedding ceremony from the 100-ft.-high whispering gallery inside St. Paul's Cathedral. Across the plaza Terry Spencer crouched in a fourth-floor window and photographed the royal procession....

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