YouTube to Broadcast Royal Family's Own Version of Wedding to Millions

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It will include exclusive content and voiceovers from staff at St James' Palace and Clarence House.

LONDON -- The Royal Family will broadcast its own authorised version of Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding on April 29 on YouTube, it was announced Tuesday, marking the first time such a broadcast has been possible.

The Royal Channel on You Tube will be available to millions of viewers around the world, using the BBC's footage and featuring an exclusive voiceover on behalf of the Royal Family.

Staff from St James' Palace and Clarence House will provide the voiceover and commentary for the special YouTube channel, which will stream the entire wedding ceremony as well as the processions to and from Westminster Abbey.

Viewers around the world will be able to get exclusive commentary from the Royal staff as well as "historical information, interesting links, additional photographs and video footage as well as an integrated Twitter feed," according to a statement from the Royal Palaces.

"This will be the first time a live blog has run alongside a live stream on YouTube for any occasion," the organizers said.

In what amounts to the most multimedia digital event ever involving the Royal Family, the wedding will have its own official Twitter hashtag (#rw2011) and already has its own official website.

The site also promises exclusive content, including never-before-seen photographs of Kate Middleton, and has had more than eight million visitors since launching on April 15.

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