With 300 networks worldwide covering today’s wedding of Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton, the event was expected to turn out to be the biggest TV event in history, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The BBC feed alone was televised in 180 countries, the story reports. Networks around the world replaced their normal programming with extensive coverage of the nuptials, which went off without a hitch.
The weather cooperated, with the sun breaking out and putting to rest fears that the event would be dampened by rain. After saying their vows at Westminster Abbey, the newlyweds were accompanied by the First Battalion Royal Guards on a procession to Buckingham Palace.
“The military procession was just part of a ceremony that combined elements of state, politics, internationalism, technology and religious ceremony, without losing the sense of intimacy of the wedding of a couple who appeared very much in love,” THR reported.
Anderson Cooper, covering the wedding live for CNN, told U.S. viewers: “The British do pomp and ceremony like no one else in the world.”
CBS News correspondent Barry Peterson explained U.S. interest in the event this way: “We Americans love a great show no Americans have had to spend even five cents on. It’s a lovely show and we really appreciate you putting it on. And we are so glad none of our tax dollars are being spent on it.”