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We’ve been receiving tons of inquiries about BBC America’s royal wedding broadcast on April 29. Well, today (April 11), the BBC has revealed more details about its coverage across multiple platforms in the U.S. (And Royal Wedding Insider will be live-blogging the nuptials, starting at 3 am on April 29.) Here’s the full rundown via press release:
1. BBC America has live, commercial-free coverage of the Royal Wedding from 3 am ET/12 midnight PT to 8:30 am ET/5:30 am PT.
• Five-and-a-half hours of live, commercial-free coverage in a simulcast with BBC ONE, the BBC’s UK flagship network. The day’s commentary will be from veteran BBC newsman Huw Edwards.
• The history-making, all-important scenes of the day
o the royal family, including Prince William and Catherine Middleton as they arrive at Westminster Abbey
o the first glimpse of Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress
o the wedding ceremony at 6 am ET/3 am PT
o the newly-married couple on their return journey to Buckingham Palace
o the millions of people expected to line the wedding route
o and finally the moment when Prince William and Princess Catherine join the rest of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as they greet the crowds and witness the Royal Air Force flyover.
• In addition BBC AMERICA will air:
o live reports from St. Andrew’s University in Scotland where William and Catherine first met, from Bucklebury, Catherine’s home village, and from a number of military locations in the UK and abroad.
o exclusive live reporting from on board the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight as it soars across London and down the Mall to salute the Royal newlyweds.
o And BBCAMERICA.com has daily updates at its Royal Wedding Insider blog – www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/category/royal-wedding/ including updates from BBC Royal Correspondent, Peter Hunt, who conducted the first television interview ever with Prince William. On the big day the blog will have reports from Millie Bratten, editor-in-chief of Brides Magazine and from the Anglophenia correspondent in the UK.
2. BBC.com will stream the wedding live at www.bbc.com/royalwedding from 5:45 am ET to 8:45 am ET.
• The BBC ONE feed will stream live online with commentary from Huw Edwards
• Historical background and archive footage of previous royal weddings starting with George VI in 1923
• A stream of video news clips that turns the spotlight on many of the most memorable details of the event.
3. BBC World News – the 24 hour international news channel – will begin its coverage at 3 am ET.
• Mishal Husain will anchor live from outside Buckingham Palace. Check your local PBS stations for details.
4. BBC World Service covers the day’s event live from London.
• Listen online at www.bbcworldservice.com or check your local NPR stations for details.
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Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.