The 1981 Fifty Cent was issued to commemorate the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. In 1989 the Royal Australian Mint re-issued the coin as a silver proof as part of the Masterpieces in Silver collection. The reverse was designed by Stuart Devlin and features the portraits of the newlyweds, side by side and looking toward the left with the legend "H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES AND LADY DIANA SPENCER : FIFTY CENTS". The obverse features Arnold Machin's portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II along with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1981" (on the business strike).
The Royal Wedding was the first of its type to be televised, drawing in a staggering audience of 750 million. The streets of London were lined with locals and tourists hoping to get a view of the couple after the ceremony when the returned to Buckingham Palace. Charles, Prince of Wales, is the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II and heir apparent and therefore future monarch of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth Realms and Dominions. His bride was Lady Diana Spencer a member of the British nobility. The couple had know each other for a number of years before beginning dating. Lady Diana was well received by Her Majesty, Prince Phillip and the Queen Mother. After only six months of dating Charles proposed and the couple were engaged to be married. The wedding took place at St Paul's Cathedral and was attended by royal guests and prominent leaders from around the world. The couple went on to have two children, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales. After more than two decades of marriage the couple separated in 1992. In 1996 Dianna Spencer and her driver died in a car crash in the the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in France.