The wedding of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones was the first royal wedding to be televised in 1960, and over 20 million people watched. Since then, audiences for televised events featuring the British royal family have grown exponentially—as have the have the ways in which you can watch these events. For the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, viewers will be able to witness the happy occasion on television or streaming online and on mobile.
Advances in digital and satellite technology have made it possible for people all over the world to experience Prince Harry’s big day, and natural gas and oil play a big part in making that technology possible. From the countless cameras recording the nuptials, to the devices on which the wedding will be streamed, plastic casing, pieces and parts play a pivotal role—not to mention the electricity, often generated by natural gas and oil, which powers these devices.
Almost 23 million Americans watched Prince William marry Kate Middleton in 2011, so it’s safe to say that British royal weddings are definitely popular across the pond. Here are several ways to experience the royal wedding, as well as the festivities leading up to the main event:
- NBC will broadcast special live editions of TODAY overlooking Windsor Castle starting Friday, May 18. Various NBC News correspondents will also deliver special reports from London and Windsor leading up to the wedding.
- CBS and its 24/7 streaming news network, CBSN, will both air the wedding live. If the 4 a.m. ET start time is too early for you, CBS News will also air a rebroadcast of the ceremony at 8 p.m. that evening.
- Entertainment Tonight will broadcast from London and Windsor throughout the wedding week. The long-running entertainment news series will also air a recap of the event on Monday, May 21.
- PBS will premiere a 5-part series entitled Royal Wedding Watch, airing May 14 – 18. The series will explore the life of Meghan Markle, her relationship with Prince Harry, British royal history and more. The coverage will culminate with a live broadcast of the wedding from St. George’s Chapel on May 19.
While you’re enjoying the royal wedding and admiring the dresses, hats and other fashions worn by members of the wedding party and guests, remember that the attire you see will most likely include synthetic fabric. For a glimpse into royal wedding fashions throughout the years, check out this gallery of famous gowns.