YouTube to stream Royal Wedding

Prince William, Kate Middleton OK global webcast

If you can’t be near a TV screen to watch the British royal wedding on April 29, don’t worry.

Prince William and bride Kate Middleton are new-media devotees and have greenlit plans to bring the Big Day to YouTube.

The four-hour live Web coverage will feature the marriage ceremony at Westminster Abbey, the procession to Buckingham Palace and the newlyweds’ appearance on the palace balcony for an expected Hollywood-style debut public kiss.

The prince’s press office will provide a live blog with commentary and historical background plus additional footage of the day’s events.

A palace spokesman said, “The couple want the wedding to be as accessible to as many people as possible, and that’s why they are communicating in this way.”

YouTube’s Rachel Ball added, “More than 50 years ago, the marriage of the queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, and Antony Armstrong-Jones was the first royal wedding broadcast on television and had over 20 million viewers. This one is heralded as the first of the Internet age where, for the first time, the moment will be captured online and preserved forever.”

Meanwhile, a spoof royal wedding video featuring a fist-pumping William getting hitched has received a reported 3.5 million views on YouTube in two days. Vid is an ad for cellphone company T-Mobile.

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