How Many People Watched William and Kate’s Royal Wedding?
Over three-quarters of a billion people in seventy-four countries tuned in to watch Lady Diana Spencer marry Prince Charles. Over two billion people watched the funeral of the People’s Princess live on television. Which leaves us wondering: How many people will have viewed William and Kate’s wedding on April 29, 2011?
Predictions run the gamut from the same 750 million who watched Prince William’s parents marry in 1981 to over three billion people from various media experts.
Online search engine experts expect the nuptials of William and Kate to become the most Googled wedding of all time, which will break a record currently held by Khloe Kardashian and L.A. Lakers star Lamar Odom. Obviously, there is no Google data from 1981 to compare searches for Diana and Charles’ wedding searches to the current Royal Wedding web searches.
An interesting point made by media broadcasters is that the number of people who tune into the royal Wedding via computers, cell phones, and ipads may be far higher than the amount who watch it on television!
Princess Diana had royal blood, and her breeding was deemed perfect for the Prince of Wales. (Too bad that nobody cared to see if their personalities were a perfect match.) Unlike Diana, Kate was a commoner without any ties to royalty. The intrigue of an ordinary girl capturing the Prince’s heart and becoming a Princess — and then a Queen — is too magical a story for people to overlook. The fairy-tale aspect of William and Kate’s romance creates an aura of spellbinding excitement that just might bring a very significant percentage of the globe’s population to watch the wedding as it unfolds.
Interestingly, Princess Diana’s funeral was the most widely viewed live event in history, with over two million people who tuned in via television to watch the tragic event in 1997. In short order we will see if Diana’s eldest son, William, will break that viewing record.
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