A Very Digital Royal Wedding

Holly Richmond
Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 7:00 AM

People Royal Wedding Tag


By now, Kate Middleton is officially Duchess of Cambridge. Whether you're relieved the media coverage will finally stop or you've been eagerly devouring it all, you have to admit that this is one of the most wired royal weddings ever. From an official site to Twitter feed and Facebook page, you can get your royal wedding fix online – a far cry from 1981 when Prince Charles and Lady Di got married!


"[T]he palace media operation...has embraced the digital world by opening Facebook and Flickr accounts and launching multiple royal websites filled with pictures, interviews, speeches, video, interactive maps and other details," according to USA Today. And for the past month, People magazine gave readers a behind-the-scenes peek at the wedding prep each week by linking Tags in issues to exclusive "Royal Watch" videos. Those up at the crack of dawn could even watch the wedding live on YouTube.


Even though we aren't on the guest list, social media gave us commoners a new way to interact with the royal wedding, whether engaging earnestly or poking fun at this international obsession. The extremely excited can upload a congratulatory video to William and Kate on the royal YouTube channel. The internet enabled more tongue-in-cheek responses too, like the hilarious Tumblr that has pictures of Kate Middleton with captions like "Shouldn't my face be on all the jellybeans?" There's also T-Mobile's royal wedding spoof video, which features royal lookalikes dancing down the aisle.


From Tags to Tumblr, this the most interactive royal wedding the internet has ever seen. But signal-blocking technology meant wedding attendees couldn't tweet or send phone pics from the actual ceremony. I guess there has to be some limit to technology.


Did you scan People's Tags or watch royal wedding videos online, or have you been hiding under a rock? Did the Royal watchers miss great Tag ideas? Let us know below or on Facebook or Twitter.


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