In T minus 3 days, the wedding of the decade (century even?) will take place when Prince William and Kate Middleton get hitched. When Lady Diana and Prince Charles wed in 1981, 750 million people watched the event on TV. This wedding, however, will be in even more monstrous proportions! According to The Wall Street Journal, “an estimated two billion TV viewers will see all or part of the coverage of Prince William and his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton exchanging vows at Westminster Abbey. Add an expected 400 million for online streaming and radio and the number swells to nearly 35% of the world’s population.” In case you didn’t know, two billion is double the number of people who watched the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony in 2008 and it easily dwarfs the 24.3 million people who tuned in for the Spain vs. Netherlands World Cup final last year.
But enough of that, we get it. It’s big, we know. The real question is where can you watch this royal wedding in Shanghai? (There are rumors floating around that the broadcast will be in 3D.) Trusty English-language channel ICS is providing a full 6 hours of uninterrupted coverage live from London. They’ll have their own host on the scene to catch everything that goes on from 2:00-8:30pm this Friday. Or if getting to a computer is easier you can follow it online at their website.
But weddings are social occasions aren’t they? Watching at home isn’t really any fun. So O’Malleys and Brits Abroad are hosting a royal wedding TV streaming celebration on Friday too. A special buffet afternoon tea will be served from 4:00-7.30pm: cucumber and tuna sandwiches, scones, cakes and strawberries & cream. There’ll also be special discounts on champagne, wine, Pimms, and an extended happy hour. All yours for 70RMB or 60RMB if you’re a standing member of Brits Abroad.
The Langham Hotel in Xintiandi is not showing the event, but it is holding a royal wedding themed gala dinner and charity auction at the same time. Guests will be treated to a four course menu and a cake modeled after the actual wedding reception cake. 988RMB per person or 888RMB per person for a table of 10.
If all else fails, you can make yourself feel like you were a part of this joyous occasion by buying the Will and Kate pez dispensers (pictured), or these commemorative souvenir mugs or how about this royal couple mouse pad?
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Photos: Chinese couple holds mock royal wedding