Americans' fixation with British royalty, already said to exceed the interest of the Brits themselves in their own royal family, will reach its apex in the final week of April. The fanfare for Prince William and bride Kate Middleton will begin with network specials on Wednesday, April 27, if not sooner, continue with several hours of daily coverage, reach a fever pitch on wedding day, Friday April 29, and carry on through the May 1 weekend. The wedding day itself, with the ceremony in Westminster Abbey starting live at 11 a.m. local London time (6 a.m. EDT), will attract about 20 hours of coverage on major U.S. networks starting at 4 a.m. Don't worry if you miss anything. Highlight specials with video will be repeatedly shown throughout the weekend around the dial.
On the three commercial networks CBS news anchor Katie Couric, NBC Today hosts Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieria,, and ABC hosts Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer will all report live from London, where shows including Today and Good Morning America will do their broadcasts live for several days leading up to the ceremony. Additionally, all the news networks and the syndicated entertainment shows including Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, and even Access Hollywood will be covering the festivities. CNN has announced it will have 400 people in London covering the wedding round the clock.
Potential European vacationers following the London events, whether voluntarily or involuntarily since little else will be on their TV screens, may either be attracted to a UK trip by the coverage and live pictures from England, or perhaps overdosed by royal saturation. Those visiting New York City, who want to pretend they are among the 600,000 foreigners expected in London, can go to special royal wedding breakfast parties, taking place from about 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on April 29, at hotels including the Loews Regency on Park Avenue, and the New York Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue. directly behind St. Patrick's Cathedral. Those who just want to grab coffee and a bagel can still join the party on the way to work. The giant TV screens in New York's Times Square will draw an early morning crowd by carrying the royal wedding live.