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Posted at 8:12 AM ET, 03/ 2/2011

Official William and Kate wedding Web site

By Autumn Brewington

[UPDATED: 12:05 p.m.]

Royal officials have launched a Web site devoted to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the same day the British government said it has created an online home for members of the public seeking information about the wedding.

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The site unveiled by St. James's Palace (the official base of Prince William and his father and brother), called The Royal Wedding, is at So far it has short summaries of press releases the palace has put out about the April 29 ceremony, such as the location and the procession route, and notes recent appearances by the couple, such as their visits to Wales and Scotland last week (with links to the monarchy's YouTube channel and Twitter feed).

The good news for royal watchers is that information about the prince and his fiancee's public activities and wedding plans will be in one place. A guest list won't be made public until the the day of or just before the wedding, and it's extremely unlikely the couple, who were said to consider asking guests to donate to charity in lieu of giving gifts, would make known any sort of gift registry (though gifts they receive are likely to be displayed to the public).

Not much substantive information can be found on the site now (it points mainly to other government or royal Web sites), though a posting about the launch notes that in the run-up to the wedding announcements will be made there and that the site "will be regularly updated with exclusive content, including photo galleries, features, videos and links to important information for visitors on the day." Importantly for wedding watchers, the post notes that information about Kate's dress will be announced there on the couple's wedding day.

The site aims to tie together the monarchy's various online and social media efforts, "including the Clarence House and Buckingham Palace Flickr account, Twitter (@Clarence House), The Royal Channel on YouTube and the British Monarchy Facebook page." Officials are considering streaming the wedding on the site -- but did not say when a decision would be made.

The palace has tried not only to put news about the royal family online in recent years but to be particularly Web-friendly about William and Kate's wedding. The couple's engagement was announced via Twitter as well as a traditional statement -- and noted on the monarchy's Facebook page -- in November. Details about the procession route and receptions also came via Twitter in January.

Also today, Britain's DirectGov site launched a page,, with information about public services, such as transportation, and to help visitors and British residents interested in the royal wedding.

By Autumn Brewington  | March 2, 2011; 8:12 AM ET
Categories:  Ceremony, Kate Middleton, Media coverage, Prince William  | Tags:  Autumn Brewington  
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I've heard he stammers, but that people admire his courageousness. Why can't America have a king?

Posted by: blasmaic | March 2, 2011 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Any idea where they are registered? I checked Crate & Barrel but they don't have them.


Posted by: adjjones | March 2, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Just letting you know, WAPO, I will not go farther on this story than this comment I am leaving. Please limit coverage of this spectacle that maintains the stolen wealth of this "royal" family. They need to go the way of Hosni Mubarak.

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | March 2, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

A great way to centralise all of the information on the wedding and have this website as the nucleus of all the preparations and planning that is set to take place. Royal Wedding enthusiasts the world over can now revel at any official updates and developments, and just enthuse in general for the Royal wedding!
Sarah Hooper, IUVO Marketing, London,

Posted by: IUVOMarketingLtd | March 2, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The theme for the wedding should be "Save the Wales".

Posted by: Screen_Name | March 2, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

How sweet it is that the Obamas are not invited. Thank you England for giving the Obamas a third finger salute. Nice time Moochie will learn not to play paw the queen.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | March 2, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Is the reason the brit defense is being gutted to pay for these fruitcakes.

Posted by: schmidt1 | March 2, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

How sweet it is that the Obama’s are not invited. Thank you England, for giving the Obama’s a “third finger” salute.

Posted by: mfeltner | March 3, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

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