When is the Royal Wedding on TV?
In 1981, somewhere around 750 million people watched Prince Charles and Princess Diana get married on television. Even more viewers are expected to tune in for the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29.
The events should start around 11 a.m. in London, when Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey, the official royal church where the Royal Wedding will be held. If all goes as planned, the moment she steps out of the car will be the first glimpse the world gets of her wedding dress.
Since London is five hours ahead of the East Coast of the United States, coverage of the event should start at least by 5:30 a.m. EST or 2:30 a.m. PST.
Stateside, hotels such as the New York Palace are having fun with the early kick off. The hotel is offering an English-style breakfast package that guests can attend in their robes and slippers in order to watch the ceremony comfortably on television in the wee hours of the morning.
At Westminster Abbey, media seats are slim–meaning as viewers slip through the channels, it is likely they will see the same stream of video footage.
Victoria Ribbans, the Press & Communications Manager for Westminster Abbey, explains eight news outlets from the United Kingdom and two international outlets will set up cameras inside Westminster Abbey. Besides BBC and ITN, details on exactly which media outlets will be present for the Royal Wedding have not been released.
But that doesn't mean every media outlet isn't trying to get a piece of the Royal Wedding cake: Clarence House recently turned down an offer to broadcast the wedding in 3D, and instead will use the limited space in Westminster Abbey set aside for the media to focus on optimizing the quality of 2D, radio, photographic and online coverage of the special day.
But Ribbans maintains the wedding is "business as usual" for Westminster Abbey, which plans to be open the next day for visitors.
"This is what we do. That's why we were picked," she says. "At the end of the day, it's just a wedding."
The service is expected to last an hour, and then the media will follow the newlywed couple as they make their way to Buckingham Palace via the Royal Wedding parade route as it passes many famous London landmarks.
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