Tuesday, 21st August 2018
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BBC and Royals: it's a marriage made in heaven


If there is one thing that the BBC does really well it is large occasions. Although the Royal Wedding wasn't exactly a state occasion it was to all intents and purposes treated as one and the BBC did all in it's power to ensure that the largest and best coverage came from it's station.

There was absolutely no aspect of this wedding that wasn't covered. From the fashion on show from the guests to the crowds that had gathered from all over the world just to catch a glimpse of the newly wedded royal couple the BBC had it covered.

Even though the wedding itself wasn't going to start until midday the cameras and presenters were out early to get every single inch out of the day until the main event itself happened.

A lot of the coverage was about the guest list that hadn't been revealed in advance. The one thing that people did know was that there weren't going to be any of the usual politicians lining up on the day and that there weren't going to be any foreign heads of state or other royals from around europe rocking up to the event.

Most of the people, 600 strong, that attended the wedding were those who had a direct connection to the royal couple. Some of them were friends of the couple, others were connected through their charity work and then there were those who you had to think were just invited because of who they were. George Clooney and his wife Amal, were they even friends of the royals? Or were they there because they just happened to be in the country? Who knows.

The same goes for Oprah Winfrey. Is she a friend or just a hugely influential billionaire?

Again, who knows.?But she was there and she mingled with the rest of the guests, all of them seeming to know each other in some manner. What the BBC presenters could talk about was very limited.

There is only so much that you can say about a wedding and when you have hours and hours of airtime to fill then you have to be creative. There was a lot of talk about who was wearing what and then there was the talk about the hats the women were wearing. Whoever thought that there could be so much to be said about what someone was wearing on their head? Then there was the politics of where you were sat. Was it in the nave where to be honest you didn't really have any view of what was going on at the altar or were you in the choir where you got to see everything that was happening.

The vast majority of guests were sat in the nave and a handful accommodated in the choir. Understandably this was where the royals were located. The Queen and the Duke were the last people to be seated before Meghan Markle entered the church. Due to what happened with her father earlier on in the week she had only one member of her family, her mother, that attended the ceremony.

What sort of family must you have to have where only one member was allowed to attend your wedding? It doesn't bode well at all for the couple. It ended up with Meghan walking herself halfway up the aisle, to be met by Prince Charles to then walk her up to the choir. Of course the most important thing was the dress she was wearing and instead of opting for an English design house she went with the French dress designers Givenchy. To say the dress was understated is to put it mildly.

It was minimalist to the extreme with only her veil and tiara, on loan, lending any glamour to the outfit. The ceremony itself was thankfully relatively short as these things tend to go.

The music was beautiful and the singing was stirring. In short, it was a wonderful ceremony. Following the ceremony the couple came out to meet the crowds and were drawn in a horse drawn landau around the town of Windsor before heading off into the castle to meet up with their guests. The BBC's coverage of the event was as usual pitch perfect.

It managed to stretch out the gossamer thin elements of the wedding with aplomb and even were capable to talk about the fact that Meghan's father was not in attendance with some diplomacy. It's coverage of the wedding ceremony itself was good, giving information where it was needed and leaving the rest to speak for itself. A thoroughly good job.?


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