Happy 76th birthday Dame Kiri Te Kanawa! Watch her sing at Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding

Publish Date
Friday, 6 March 2020, 12:22PM

Award-winning opera star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is celebrating a bountiful life, turning 76 years old today!

So to celebrate, we're throwing it back to when she took centre stage at the highly anticipated wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in 1981.

In front of royalty, heads of state, distinguished guests, and a television audience of over 700 million, Te Kanawa sang 'Let the Bright Seraphim’ from Handel's Samson while the bride and groom signed the register.

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Dressed to impress, Te Kanawa stood out in a brightly coloured, flowing dress with a ruffled neck, accompanied by a small blue hat.

Talking about the moment, she said: "I was very very proud. Through the whole of the six minutes of the aria, I kept thinking 'I hope you're watching New Zealand'. I just was so proud to be a New Zealander on that particular moment."

We were super proud of you too, Kiri!