Four months after announcing their engagement, Andrew and Sarah married on 23 July 1986 at Westminster Abbey in London. Sarah made her way with her father, Ronald Ferguson, from Clarence House in the Glass Coach, arriving at the church at 11:30 am.The 45-minute wedding ceremony was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. As the couple exchanged their vows, Sarah mistakenly repeated Andrew’s middle name, Christian; five years before, Diana, Princess of Wales, made a similar mistake by reversing the order of Prince Charles’s names.
Both of Andrew’s brothers participated in the wedding ceremony; Prince Edward was his best man, and Prince Charles read a lesson during the service. The bridesmaids and page boys included Princess Anne’s children Peter and Zara Phillips, and Prince Charles’s eldest son Prince William.
The Duke and Duchess of York left Westminster Abbey for Buckingham Palace in an open-top 1902 State Landau.
Around 100,000 people gathered to witness the Andrew and Sarah’s first kiss as man and wife on the balcony of the palace. After a traditional wedding breakfast at Buckingham Palace, the married couple and some 300 guests moved to a party at Claridge’s Hotel in London.
Prince Andrew was dressed in a ceremonial attire of a naval lieutenant, while Sarah wore an ivory-silk wedding grown designed by Linda Cierach.