When Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in 1981, she promised to love and cherish her new husband-but not to obey him.
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At the time, it was usual for brides and grooms to recite vows from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, which calls for men to promise "to love and to cherish, till death us do part," while women are asked to pledge "to love, cherish, and to obey." Prince Charles' mother, Queen Elizabeth, recited the traditional vows during her marriage to Prince Philip in 1947; his sister, Princess Anne, did as well when she married Mark Phillips in 1973.
But Prince Charles and Lady Diana chose to break from tradition after the then-Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, half-joked that "It's a bad thing to start your marriage off with a downright lie." Instead, they read from the 1928 Series I Alternative Marriage Rite of the Church of England, in which the vows are more egalitarian, and don't include the word "obey." The trend didn't last-In 1986 Sarah Ferguson opted to obey