Official William and Kate wedding Web site
[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.
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 www.officialroyalwedding2011.org. 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, www.direct.gov.uk/RoyalWedding, with information about public services, such as transportation, and to help visitors and British residents interested in the royal wedding.
| March 2, 2011; 8:12 AM ET
Categories: Ceremony, Kate Middleton, Media coverage, Prince William | Tags: Autumn Brewington
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