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Andrew and Fergie frenzy

The Story

Prince Andrew and Sarah (Fergie) Ferguson are about to get married, and the British public has been swept up in Andrew and Fergie mania. In this excerpt from a 1986 CBC-TV news report, we see just how far it has gone. One man in the North of England has gotten a huge tattoo of the couple on his thigh. Sarah Ferguson dolls are top sellers in toy stores. And beauty parlours across Britain are busy dyeing women's hair fiery red, just like Fergie's.

Medium: Television
Program: The Journal
Broadcast Date: July 14, 1986
Guests: Verity Baker, Gina Craig, Sidney Ellis, Sid Hotchkiss, Ernest Titmus
Reporter: Ann MacMillan
Duration: 5:55

Did You know?

• Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson got married at Westminster Abbey on July 23, 1986. Approximately 2,000 invited guests were present at the ceremony, while thousands of spectators lined the streets of London and an estimated 500 million viewers worldwide watched the wedding on television.

• Ferguson -- who had had several different jobs before marriage, working at a public relations firm, an art gallery and then a publishing company -- opted to keep the word "obey" in her vows. Five years earlier, Lady Diana Spencer had chosen to remove the "obey" from her vows when marrying Prince Charles. Many in the media were surprised by Fergie's choice, and a Time magazine article noted: "The thoroughly modern Sarah Ferguson, fiancée of Britain's Prince Andrew, may not be so modern after all."

• Upon marrying, the couple became the Duke and Duchess of York.

• Together they had two daughters: Princess Beatrice, born in 1988, and Princess Eugenie, born in 1990.

• Andrew and Sarah divorced in 1996.





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