Traditionally, it is considered unlucky for the bridegroom to see his bride in her wedding dress before she walks down the aisle at the ceremony. That has caused complications with the first ever Royal Wedding to be streamed live over the internet. Consequently, Prince William will be hidden away for a few minutes as Kate makes her journey to Westminster Abbey so that he doesn’t see her dress.
The couple’s big day will be streamed on YouTube via the Royal Channel. The royal household staff will also use Facebook, Twitter and Flickr to involve the two billion people expected to tune into the event next Friday (April 29).
The world will be watching as the 29-year-old bride leaves Mayfair’s Goring Hotel with her father, Michael, at 10.51am. She will then make her nine-minute journey along the Mall in a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI.
With cameras and screens will be set up inside the Abbey, and aides are taking no chances that Prince William (28) will catch even a glimpse of his bride-to-be before the wedding ceremony. William and his brother and best man, Harry, will be shut away in the side chapel of St Edmund until just a few seconds before Kate makes her 11am entrance.
“It was either that or put a blanket over his head,” one Palace insider joked.
Kate has tried hard to keep her dress a secret, so it would be awful if it was revealed to William at the last moment before she walked down the aisle. So, William will have time in the chapel, out of the public eye, to compose himself.
The screens inside the Abbey will also be frozen about 10 minutes before the service begins so they do not reveal the wedding dress. That means that those of us watching the wedding from home will see the most comprehensive coverage. You can also join in, wishing them well on Facebook and Twitter or via their YouTube Wedding Book.
Apparently, a lot of the social media coverage of the big days has been engineered by Kate Middleton herself.
“Kate’s web experience has been invaluable. Some online things baffled some palace staff, but she’s found them easy,” a Palace spokesman said.