Let this be a lesson out there to all of the young girls who want to be a princess: if you manage to snag yourself a prince and stick by him long enough, you may land the rock and the crown.
Seriously, though, congratulations to Prince William and Kate Middleton for their engagement. I’m sure there’s a lot of money exchanging hands between the bookmakers and the public today in England. But you know what this means for television, don’t you?
There’s no doubt in my mind that a significant portion of the wedding between William and Kate will be televised. If history is any indication, whatever networks manage to snag the rights to broadcast it in different countries will score monumental ratings during the ceremony.
In England, the ratings for Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ wedding in 1981 pulled in over 28 million viewers. Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997 pulled in over 32 million viewers. In the UK, those two events made the list of the top 10 most-watched one-off events in history. Throughout the world, it’s predicted that 750 million people watched the wedding, while 2 billion people watched Diana’s funeral. Also, don’t be surprised if you see specials or even TV movies airing in the UK and internationally before and after the wedding.
Since I’m a girl, I keep scouring the internet to see if I can find photos of Kate Middleton’s engagement ring, but they don’t seem to be up yet (update: William gave Kate Princess Diana’s engagement ring).
The wedding – which will take place in London in the spring or summer of 2011 – will likely be a gorgeous spectacle in a manner befitting the future king and queen of England. As a citizen of a Commonwealth country, I can’t wait to see it.