Come April 29, it will be royal wedding overload
Come April 29, there will be nowhere you can run, nowhere you can hide. The nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton will be everywhere. And we do mean everywhere.
In fact, if you want to watch it but aren't near a television, you can also watch on your computer via YouTube. It was just announced this week that the wedding with be live-streamed on the official YouTube royal channel. The live stream will begin at 5 a.m. ET, and will follow the wedding procession, marriage ceremony at Westminster Abbey, and the expected kiss on the balcony.
And if all that isn't enough for you, the channel will also feature live blog commentary of the event, updated throughout the day as the events unfold.
If you don't want to get up and watch at 5 a.m., have no fear. The footage will be available on the site to view at your leisure whenever you like.
Still not enough? Google has announced that it has expanded its Earth 3-D imagery so that you can view the entire wedding procession, complete with 3-D images of iconic landmarks along the route.
Personally, we'll be glad when this whole thing is over. We've heard nothing but the words "royal wedding" for weeks now. The whole world has been in an uproar about everything from Kate's dress, to whether she'll wear a tiara, to how she'll wear her hair. When it was discovered that William won't wear a wedding ring, it made international headlines.
And it didn't end there. Where were the stag and hen parties held? What did they do during them? Who's invited to the wedding? Who wasn't invited? Where will the happy couple spend their honeymoon? Where will they live afterward? Will Kate arrive in a coach or a car?
There's all sorts of questions that we won't know the answers to until the big day. Then we can all watch YouTube and find out the whole story. But until then, here are some tidbits you may not know:
• Dr. Rowan Williams, who will officiate the ceremony, is a huge Simpsons fan.
• Kate is Ellen DeGeneres' distant cousin.
• The happy couple plans to live in a smaller home in North Wales.
• William is favored to take the throne instead of his father.
• The first-ever Royal Engagement coin was issued bears likenesses of William and Kate, although neither image looks like the prince or his bride-to-be.
• While attending St. Andrews, Kate and William went dutch when they went out while they were dating.
• Kate gets to pick her bridesmaids, but William won't get to pick groomsmen. His brother Harry has been named best man, but the "gentlemen ushers" will be a 10-member group that will be paid for their services. It's a tradition that dates back to the 15th century.
• A beer has been created to celebrate the royal nuptials, called "Kiss Me Kate," created and marketed by Castle Rock Brewery.