Royal wedding: Everyone’s invited

Published: April 30, 2011
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Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, wave to the crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London on April 29, 2011, following their wedding. PHOTO: AFP

Mounted police control the crowd as they walk along the Processional Route to Buckingham Palace following the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton in London on April 29, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh drive along the Processional Route to Buckingham Palace following the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton in London on April 29, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Kate Middleton arrives with her father Michael Middleton and her sister Maid of Honour Philippa Middleton at Westminster Abbey, in London for her wedding to Britain's Prince William, on April 29, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, leave the Westminster Abbey after their wedding ceremony, in London on April 29, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C), Carole Middleton (L) and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall come out of Westminster Abbey in London, following the wedding ceremony of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, on April 29, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, wave to the crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London on April 29, 2011, following their wedding. PHOTO: AFP

With headlines such as “Shahbaz Sharif calls for Karachi province” and “Twin attacks on Navy buses” doing the usual rounds on the front page of just about every major local newspaper, one can’t help but use all the media spotlight surrounding the royal wedding as an escape.

After all, it is a fairy-tale of an event and something that allows those who watch it to think about things that are decidedly better than the humdrum of their daily lives.

Prince William, second in line to the British throne and elder son of the heir to the throne, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, finally married Kate Middleton on April 29.

The royal wedding was a massive media event and it was not surprising to see even Pakistani channels showing it live, not just the BBC or CNN – in that sense it clearly must have struck a chord with Pakistanis.

Meanwhile, several websites were offering everything – from behind-the-scenes tweets to extensive ongoing coverage. Whether or not one cared about this wedding — and there were many who didn’t — there was no escaping it.

Google went so far as to publicise the extension of their Google Earth 3D imagery to propose a “Royals’-eye” view of the entire wedding procession.

YouTube went ahead and one-upped it when the royal household announced that the entire ceremony would be streamed live on their official YouTube channel at youtube.com/theroyalchannel.

Being the climax of months of media focus, the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton proved to be an historical event.

All this hype just makes you wonder one thing though: Was all the hype there because Prince William is second in line to the throne? Will there be as much build-up and media interest when Prince Harry decides to marry? Or will the attention to his wedding be comparatively discreet — since he’s obviously not likely to take over the throne.

Saarysh Zuberi

Saarysh Zuberi

An independent filmmaker, currently working as a sub-editor at the National desk of The Express Tribune.

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