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Royal wedding to be streamed on YouTube

Associated Press / April 20, 2011

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LONDON — Palace officials will offer live streaming of the April 29 royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton on the royal channel on YouTube.

The four-hour live Internet coverage will include the ceremony at Westminster Abbey, the procession to Buckingham Palace, and the newlyweds’ appearance on the palace balcony for an expected first public kiss. William’s press office will also provide a live blog providing commentary and historical information as well as additional footage.

“The couple wish to strike a balance between a day that is sacred and intimate and a day that will be a cause for global celebration,’’ a St. James’s Palace spokesman said yesterday, declining to be identified because of palace policy. “To that end, they want the wedding to be as accessible to as many people as possible, and that’s why they are communicating in this way.’’

Officials said the couple have taken a hands-on approach to the wedding planning.

“William and Catherine have thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating their special day. They have been responsible for everything from the smallest detail, such as the reception canapes, to the big decisions like the carriages,’’ he added.

This will be the first time YouTube has run a live blog alongside a live stream.

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