The Royal Wedding
It’s the biggest day in William and Kate’s lives and it will be the biggest professional one for me in 30 years of being on the telly.
Sky News have given me the job of anchoring the big day, and a massive broadcast it’ll be. The Global audience watching our output will be somewhere in the hundreds of millions – India, Africa, The Middle East, Australasia, Continental Europe. Somehow I’ll have to put that thought behind me and apply my usual approach of broadcasting to one living room at a time.
In many ways I’m akin to The Ringmaster at a Circus, the real talent , help and support comes in the form of the acts, principal of which will be our Royal Commentator, Alastair Bruce. It’s his job to take you through the formalities of the day and the ceremony itself at Westminster Abbey. In the build up to transmission there have been lots of planning meetings and a briefing from Prince William’s office at St James’ Palace as to how the Royal Couple to be want their day to be portrayed. Of course there will be pomp and ceremony and a solemnity for the Wedding Service itself – but their overriding wish is one of fun , joy and celebration. It’s their big day, but we are all invited. I’ll do my part to grant them their wish. It’s not as if with economic gloom, wars and conflict around the world and awful natural disasters we couldn’t all do with an excuse to celebrate is it?
So here’s to you Wills and Kate – may you live happily ever after.
I hope you can join me at some stage from 9AM to 5PM on Friday 29th to wish them the same!
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