TLC Plans Week-Long Programming Around Royal Wedding

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Prince William's April 29 wedding to Catherine (Kate) Middleton at Westminster Abbey is predicted to draw the biggest audience in television history (a record once held by the Prince's parents Charles and Diana for their 1981 nuptials). Elton John, Guy Ritchie, David and Victoria Beckham and Prince Harry's sometime-girlfriend Chelsea Davy are said to be among the 1,900 guests invited. 

Leading up to Prince William's nuptials, the network will offer a slew of royals-themed shows and specials.

NEW YORK – Discovery Communications’ TLC will provide five days of coverage about Britain’s royals ahead of this spring’s wedding of Prince William.

In the days leading up to his April 29 nuptials with Kate Middleton, the network, in partnership with ITV Studios, will air specials, interviews with royals, a round-table discussion with experts and a show focusing on "extreme" collectors of royal memorabilia.

TLC also plans live coverage of the wedding, with a condensed version of the event set to air April 30-May 1, the network said.

TLC’s wedding-themed shows include Four Weddings and Say Yes to the Dress.

"With the success of TLC's wedding shows, we wanted to get behind this epic event in a big way and provide our viewers with this special lineup to help enhance their overall Royal experience leading into the wedding," said Nancy Daniels, TLC's senior vp of programming and development. "ITV Studios America are the perfect partners to have on this project due to their expertise on the Royals and their vital relationships in London."

Said ITV Studios America president and CEO Paul Buccieri: "This is without question the most widely anticipated wedding in a generation,"