Coverage of the Royal Wedding will be led by UK news broadcasters BBC, ITN and Sky News. The BBC is in charge of the 20+ cameras inside Westminster Abbey, however hundreds of other cameras will be positioned along the 1.2m wedding procession route from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace. Here’s a selection of what to watch and when:
Broadcasting from 8.ooam with Huw Edwards and, on the street with Fiona Bruce, Sophie Raworth and Fearne Cotton – just to name a few. Fearne Cotton will also be hosting a special Radio1 show from the mall on Thursday 28 April.
Catch the highlights from 9.30pm
Broadcast live at the same time as BBC One in the UK.
Broadcasting from 6.00am from the studio with Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley meanwhile, Kate Garraway will be at the bride’s home village of Bucklebury. From 11.00am Julie Etchingham and Philip Schofield, with Mary Nightingale at Westminster Abbey and Alastair Stewart and Mark Austin in the crowds.
Broadcasting begins at 6.00am outside Buckingham Palace, with Eamonn Holmes and Sarah Hughes.
A whole day of International Royal Wedding coverage with Piers Morgan, Anderson Cooper and Kiran Chetry, meanwhile Cat Deeley will report from the crowds.
Broadcasting from outside Buckingham Palace will be Shepard Smith, Martha MacCallum, Socialite Plum Sykes and former Butler to Princess of Diana, Paul Burrell. The network’s programming leading up to the event will include the documentary Countdown to the Royal Wedding
Live coverage from 4.00am with Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters, followed by a West Coast edition of Good Morning America, with Robin Roberts reporting live from the Abbey.
Coverage all day long, with a focus on the Royal Wedding fashion and guests.
As the excitement mounts and the countdown week begins, keen Royalists and followers of the Prince William and Catherine Middleton are expected to start arriving in central London, to secure the best vantages points along the wedding route.
Loyal supporters are likely to camp out at various points between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, to have the best chance of catching a glimpse of the Royal bride and groom.
Guests will start to arrive at Westminster Abbey from 9.00am and the service will take place at 11.00 am. William and Catherine will travel by carriage past the House of Parliament, Horse Guards Parade, The Mall, St. James’ Park and Clarence House before arriving Buckingham Palace.
Here’s a selection of locations where you can view the wedding procession and all the excitement from the street …
- The Mall for a front row seat – only for those who arrive early!
- Parliament Square for a view of Westminster Abbey – to catch a glimpse of the wedding party.
- London Eye – for a bird’s eye view of Westminster Abbey.
- Where The Mall meets Horse Guards Road – to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom as they travel to Buckingham Palace.
- St James’s Park Australia Gate – for the closest view of Buckingham Palace.
Remember you will need to arrive early to be in with a chance of securing your spot and don’t forget to bring essential supplies including food and drink, suitable clothing and a camera!
Members of National Association of Flower Arranging Societies are busy preparing flowers in Westminster Abbey for Friday’s Royal Wedding.
The Abbey will be decorated in white, green and cream foliage to reflect the bride’s English country style.
Almost 30,000 flowers will adorn the Abbey on Friday, including lilac blossoms and azaleas. Many of the flowers and green cuttings will come from the Royal Estates of Sandringham and Windsor.
Native English field maple trees and hornbeams have been placed down the aisle to create an avenue of trees in the historic Abbey.
• The Choir of Westminster Abbey
• The Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace
• The London Chamber Orchestra
• The Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force
• The State Trumpeters of The Household Cavalry
According to St James’s Palace, Prince William and Catherine have taken a great deal of interest and care in choosing the music for their Service, which will include a number of well-known hymns and choral works as well as some specially-commissioned pieces.
The official Royal Wedding ‘Instrument of Consent’ was released on Maundy Thursday, an occasion that coincided with the Queen’s 85th birthday. The Queen signed a notice of approval which gave her formal consent to the union of “Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, K.G. and Our Trusty and Well-beloved Catherine Elizabeth Middleton”.
The Instrument of Consent is a statutory requirement as laid out by the Royal Marriages Act of 1772. The Act states that all descendants of George II must obtain the Sovereign’s consent before they marry.
The elaborate document features decorative artwork designed to represent the bride and groom. A gold cipher of William and Catherine’s entwined initials sit below a white lily, chosen to represents the feast day of St Catherine of Siena, which is held on the 29 April each year. A Welsh leak supported by the Prince’s three pronged white label, donates William as second in line to the throne and a red escallop, from the Spencer family Arms, represents William’s late mother Princess Diana.
The consent is sealed with the red wax of the Great Seal of the Realm. This method was traditionally used to prevent forgery and as proof of a Monarch’s consent. The seal used today was created in 2001 for Queen Elizabeth II.