The Royal Wedding has a Royal YouTube Channel.
If you’re stuck in the office at 4pm and not one of the numerous Royal Wedding parties happening around Hong Kong, don’t worry – Google has you covered.
The Royal Household has announced that footage of the entire ceremony will be live streamed on their official YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/theroyalchannel.
The broadcast will begin at Hong Kong time at 4:00pm (10:00am BST) on Friday, April 29, and will follow the wedding procession, marriage ceremony at Westminster Abbey and balcony kiss. Alongside the live stream, The Royal Channel will also feature live blog commentary of the event to give timely updates and insights as the day unfolds. For those of you in different time zones, the footage will be shown in its entirety directly following the event and will be available in full on the site to view at any time.
While millions will be in London for the big day, it’s clear that people around the world have wedding fever. Google search trends show that in addition to the UK and the US, the top ten countries searching for “royal wedding” include places like Singapore and the Philippines.
More than 50 years ago, the marriage of The Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, and Antony Armstrong- Jones was the first royal wedding to be broadcast on television and had over 20 million viewers. This one is already heralded as the first of the Internet age, where for the first time in thousands of years of royal history, the moment will be captured online and preserved forever.
Google’s involvement in the royal wedding:
- The Royal Channel: On the day of the wedding, visitors to The Royal Channel on YouTube will see a live stream of the BBC broadcast footage of the wedding and a live blog will accompany the footage. Following the initial live streaming, it will be replayed in its entirety (2:00p – 6:00p BST). A variety of video highlights will also be posted as soon as possible. www.youtube.com/theroyalchannel.
- Google Earth 3D: Apart from the entire royal procession route, 3D buildings in the Central London area around famous landmarks like Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, London Eye and British Museum are also expanded. Also, 3D trees for St James Park, Green Park, Buckingham Palace Gardens, and Hyde Park are added as well.
- Google App Engine: Unlike many previous Royal Weddings, this event will have its own website – www.officialroyalwedding2011.org which is hosted on Google App Engine.