The Royal Wedding Celebration
May 11, 2011
ITV Studios Home Entertainment wasted no time in releasing The Royal Wedding, following the laudable royal nuptials on 29 April 2011. It is bound to be a real crowd pleaser on the back of the months’ worth of anticipation preceding and surrounding the joyous day.
Recapturing the atmosphere of happiness, combined with hope that the wedding encapsulated, it allows viewers opportunities to relive over and over the main moments that created a frenzy of media speculation in the run up. With the abundance of gatherings and parties that were held to coincide with the momentous occasion, the DVD offers a front row snapshot of the best bits that people might have been sorry to miss amidst their revelries.
What the key members of the royal family were wearing, the Bridesmaids, the revelation of Kate’s best kept secret – her wedding dress, the glorious horse drawn carriage procession back to the Palace and the double helping of balcony embraces, plus the wedding ceremony shown in its entirety. All are narrated with the appropriate and effortless authority we would expect from Sir Trevor McDonald and enthusiastically commented upon by excited members of the public sharing in the worldwide celebration.
The main body of wedding coverage is accompanied by Tom Bradby’s engagement exclusive from November 2010, setting the tone for one of the Palace’s best ever productions on the grandest of scales. Whilst it was doubtlessly well scripted, it is not completely cloying and sycophantic. Bradby grills the royal couple about their highly publicised break up and Kate’s apparent work shyness once St Andrew’s was left behind that earned her the Waity Katie tag.
Prince William: A Life In Pictures does not offer us anything that viewers will not have seen before, but it does reinforce generally held perceptions that a very decent and relatively normal young man lurks behind the royal masquerade. His every landmark in life has been publicly witnessed and subjected to intense media scrutiny, as tracked in this feature. The boy who perhaps would not, but has no other choice than to one day be King, is presented with the optimism he has engendered since birth.