World says I do, I do, to royal wedding once every 10 seconds
THE royal wedding is generating around 9,000 mentions a day online, or one every 10 seconds, according to a study from specialist technology firm Greenlight which was published yesterday.
Yesterday the Archbishop of Canterbury wished Prince William and Kate Middleton the "courage and the clarity" to live out their marriage "in the full glare" of the public eye.
In a video message filmed by Lambeth Palace, Rowan Williams, who is to marry the couple at Westminster Abbey, described them as "deeply unpretentious people".
Meanwhile, the queen's formal consent to Prince William's marriage to Kate Middleton was unveiled yesterday.
Under the Great Seal of the Realm, she signed an elaborate notice of approval which proclaimed, in transcribed calligraphy, consent to the union of "Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, KG and Our Trusty and Well-beloved Catherine Elizabeth Middleton".
Internationally, those excited by the marriage outweigh the naysayers by six to one, research shows.
During March and April, there have been 158,000 posts related to the wedding on online media, with nearly 61,000, or 38pc, coming in the last seven days alone.
YouTube and Facebook (public posts) accounted for the smallest share of the posts, at 1pc and 8pc respectively. The wedding is expected to be one of the year's most watched events globally, with some estimating viewership of up to two billion people.