The Royal Wedding






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        William & Catherine (BBC) [DVD] (2011)
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        Relive all the excitement, fun and romance of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton's wedding at Westminster Abbey in this commemorative programme.


          'This souvenir DVD contains over two hours of coverage from the BBC and captures
          the highlights from the Royal Couple's special day.'

          - Paul Page


        Available: Amazon.co.uk (UK) | Amazon.com (US)

        Includes Catherineís breathtaking arrival at Westminster Abbey, the full ceremony, the carriage procession and the traditional balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace...more


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          Release Date: 04-05-2011
          Format: DVD
          Number of Discs: 1
          Catalogue Number: BBCDVD3453
          Label: BBC Video


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        The Royal Wedding - 29th April 2011

        If there is one thing that the BBC still does better than anyone then it is 'State Occasions'. Ok, so this wasn't strictly a 'State Occasion' but it was in all but name. And the BBC, as seen here on this Dvd, captured all the splendour and pageantry like no other. Their coverage was beyond reproach: solemn & respectful when it needed to be; amusing and funny at other times (well Prince Harry provided most of the lighter moments!). But it conveyed to the viewers the enormity of the occasion with a reported 1 million people in the centre of London to witness it. The camerawork was brilliant - you feel the presence of the huge crowds as though you are there. The plethora of presenters or reporters (the fashion gurus, the historians, the talking heads) fill us with just enough info to understand each facet of the wedding without ever coming close to feeling that they're talking down to us. Superb.


          And that's before you take into consideration the dress which moved some to describe it as the wedding dress of the century! It's worth getting the Dvd for the dress alone!


        You also marvel at the uniforms, the horses and carriages, the historic buildings, the majesty of the Mall, the balcony of Buckingham Palace that has seen so many of the iconic moments of the Nation's history, the smiles, the waves, the shouts of 'kiss her, kiss her again', the fleeting 3-second kisses, the brave souls who camped out in cold temperatures to get a fleeting view of the wedding, the flypasts...the list could go on and on.

        In the UK there were over 5,000 street parties on the special Friday Bank Holiday & 20 million people watched The Royal Wedding though it didn't quite capture the same number as those who watched the Princess Diana wedding some 30 years ago. Still, it's a phenomenal viewing figure and the biggest UK viewing audience since the funeral of the now Duke of Cambridge's (Prince William to you and me) mother some 13 years ago. It shows that despite the grumbles of the Republicans the Royal Family still hold their spell over a British public though it cannot be denied that it has waned slightly over the years. Times change but you could say that despite this it has held up remarkably well in terms of the affection the British public still has for the Queen and her immediate family. Yes, the crowds weren't quite so frenetic as the Silver Jubilee or the Charles/Di wedding but we are in, after all, a crippling recession and when you take that into consideration the genorosity of the crowds and the viewers is humbling.

        It also shows that despite the worst recession of a generation (or maybe because of it?) the British Public can still celebrate as a nation. Hope over adversity, I suppose. A generous warmth and affection for a privileged couple at the start of their wedded journey.

        Maybe the former Catherine Middleton will take the Royal Family to similar heights in terms of popularity that Princess Diana once achieved. She is certainly beautiful and stylish enough to do so and seems affable enough. Only time will tell.

        The BBC at its best mirrors the nation. It gives sight to what we want or have to see. It can do no more nor should it try to for that is what it is there for. That is its remit.

        On this DVD they do it perfectly.

        Special Feature: William & Kate - A Royal Engagement

        • An exclusive 50-minute extended version of the insightful documentary of their magical love story


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        The little girl covering her ears to block out the din was Grace van Cutsem, three. She is Prince William's god-daughter, and had endured at least four hours of sermons, coach rides and processions!

          Kate and father Michael arrived at Westminster Abbey in a Rolls-Roce Phantom VI, owned by Prince Charles.

        Kate's dress was by designer Sarah Burton, and the Halo tiara was borrowed from the Queen. The Halo is a beautifully light Cartier creation. It was commissioned by the Duke of York, later George VI, for his Duchess three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King and she became Queen Elizabeth, latterly the Queen Mother.

          The Queen Mother gave the Halo to the Queen as an 18th birthday present. She lent it to her sister Princess Margaret - who frequently wore it in the Fifties - and then to Princess Anne in the Sixties and Seventies.

        The train of the gown was 9ft long. The fairytale dresses of the bridesmaids were made by children's designer Nicki Macfarlane. The choir was conducted by choirmaster Andrew Gant.

          The wedding band was crafted by Wartski from the nugget of Welsh gold from which Royal rings are traditionally made

        The new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed in front of a 1900-strong congregation of friends, relatives and dignitaries.

          The newlyweds travelled from the Abbey to Buckingham Palace in the open-topped 1902 State Landau carriage also used by Charles and Diana in 1981.

        Prince William delighted the crowds when he emerged from Buckingham Palace behind the wheel of his father's 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Volante - decorated with balloons, ribbons, L-plates and the registration JUST WED - to drive his new bride the short distance up The Mall to Clarence House.


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