When Prince Albert married Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923, the silent grainy footage of the event was shown in theaters just days later for the public to see. In 1947, when Prince Philip married Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, the future queen of England, the BBC broadcasted the whole event via live radio wherein almost 200 million people listened.
This latest Royal wedding is going to be a bit different. This Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton is going to feature some of the most sophisticated technology that we sometimes take for granted.
1. Royal Wedding Procession Route In 3D
From the comfort of your armchair, with a few clicks of the mouse, people can have a bird’s eye view of the royal wedding route in 3D.
The search company has expanded its 3D imagery available via Google Earth to cover the entire royal wedding procession.
Starting at Westminster Abbey, the 3D route then takes in the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Number 10 Downing Street, Horse Guards Parade, the Royal Mall (with 3D trees lining the route), before finally reaching Buckingham Palace.
To see all the landmarks and greenery in Google Earth, tick the '3D buildings box' in the left-hand panel under “Layers,” then type “London” into the search bar on the top left and use the navigation controls on the upper right to zoom in, spin around and tilt the view. Or users can access the shot via visiting ‘Earth View’ on Google Maps in the browser.
2. Twitter Jamming Device
Guests of the royal wedding on 29 April will be prevented from posting live Tweets, after event organizers arranged for signal-blocking technology to be installed at Westminster Abbey.
The move, which was initiated by senior members of the royal family, is intended to cut down the number of news photos and videos featuring mobile phone-toting guests, and also prevent any distracting ringtones from interrupting the ceremony. Those attending the wedding will also be unable to share pictures, send texts or make calls.
The news has reportedly been welcomed by police, security personnel, and broadcasters, who are keen to avoid any disruptions to the event. Mobile phones can also, of course, be used to set of bombs, meaning that mobile phone jamming will act as an additional security measure.
A police official confirmed to Yahoo on Wednesday that the blocking technology will be in place from early Friday morning and will remain switched on for the duration of the ceremony.
3. YouTube and Flickr
The marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton will be streamed live via YouTube, with royal household staff tweeting updates and posting pictures on photo-sharing site Flickr.
Royal household officials on Tuesday unveiled an official YouTube channel that will live stream the 29 April event so that internet users can watch it anywhere in the world.
Royal wedding viewers on Google-owned YouTube will get the BBC's coverage, but without the commentary provided by Huw Edwards and the rest of the corporation's presenting team.
4. Royal Wedding Apps
More than a third of users have downloaded apps in the build up to the royal wedding, which goes ahead on the 29th April.
Users on average downloaded two Royal Wedding apps each and 53 per cent said they were planning to celebrate the wedding in another way aside from the app.
Nearly one in five smartphone users paid for their apps, with the average price being 79p, while 23 per cent downloaded the apps because they were free.
The poll, conducted by discount website My Voucher Codes, suggests that the wedding has captured the imagination of the public, over a billion of whom worldwide are expected to watch the couple’s special day on television.
5. Alcatel’s Royal Wedding Mobile Phone
The front of the phone is decorated with a union flag, while the back is red and marked with a C and a W and the date of the wedding.
The special edition Alcatel One Touch handset also has wallpaper featuring a picture of Prince William and Kate Middleton and the ringtone plays Mendelssohn’s Wedding March.
The phone will cost £14.95 from The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy on a pay as you go plan.