Thanks to my British grandmother, I was raised with a great love for the Royal Family. It became a tradition for me to follow their lives and keep up to date with the goings-on in Buckingham Palace. In fact, from the age of 5 and up, I used to write a letter to Queen Elizabeth every year. It was my grandmother’s idea, one that I took great excitement in following. I remember she even bought me a special stationary set for the occasion – Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit. Gosh I was so proud….
Although I hadn’t expected to ever receive a response, I did! Twice! Well, her secretary wrote it for her, but still. To see the Royal Seal and receive a personalized response was something I was quite proud of ;).
So, needless to say, I will be watching the Royal Wedding on television tomorrow morning, bright and early – even though that means setting my alarm for 4 a.m. For those of you who wish to join me, I’ve put together a list of television stations covering the live event. Please note, all times listed are in EST.
CBC – Heather Hiscox will be covering the event live in London and then at 4 a.m. Peter Mansbridge and former Hello! magazine editor Ciara Hunt will begin reporting just outside Westminster Abbey.
CNN – Piers Morgan (of course) will return to his home country, joined by Anderson Cooper, Cat Deeley, Kiran Chetry and Richard Quest. Wall Street Journal has reported that the network has a 400 person team on the event!
FOX – Shepard Smith and Martha MacCallum will head the news time beginning at 4 a.m., with Great Van Susteren, Gretchen Carlson, Jonathan Hunt, Joan Lunden and Paul Burrell (Diana’s former butler and ex-footman to the Queen) providing feedback and insight along the way.
ABC – Barbara Walters will co-anchor along with Diane Sawyer beginning at 4 a.m. Robin Roberts will also be hosting a live West Coast edition of Good Morning America from just outside Westminster Abbey
CBS – Katie Couric and 15 other anchors and reporters will cover the event.
GLOBAL – Beginning at 5 a.m. Dawna Friesen and ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey will host and cover the event. My favourite part – when the wedding begins at 6 a.m. the network will offer commercial-free viewing!
CTV – Most probably the earliest coverage begins with Tracey Ullman starting at 3 a.m. Lloyd Robertson and LIsa LaFlamme will then join the British comic in covering the event.
E! – Giuliana Rancic will host 5 hours of coverage with Dermot O’Leary, Catt Sadler, Jason Kennedy and more.
NBC – The Today Show hosts will offer a six hour edition of the event with Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, Al Roker, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Koth. Martin Bashir will cover MSNBC coverage from London.
Finally, if you would like to watch the event from your iPad, iPod or computer, palace officials will offer live streaming on the royal channel on YouTube.
So now tell me, will you be staying up to watch the event, or are you setting your DVRs?