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DVDs Commemorate Royal Wedding

26 May, 2011 By: John Latchem

Millions of people around the globe witnessed the marriage of England’s Prince William and Kate Middleton. For enthusiasts hoping to capture the event forever, footage from the April 29, 2011, nuptials now is making its way to DVD.

First out of the gate, just 25 days after the ceremony for the newly styled Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is BBC Video’s The Royal Wedding: William & Catherine ($9.98). The recap includes Kate’s arrival at Westminster Abbey, the full ceremony, the carriage procession and the traditional balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace. The DVD also includes the bonus program “William and Kate: A Royal Engagement,” featuring interviews with colleagues, friends and family.

June 28, eOne Entertainment releases another compilation of footage, The Royal Wedding Celebration, also at $9.98. This DVD also includes the couple’s engagement interview with ITV journalist Tom Bradby, the only interview about their engagement made available to the public.

June 21, New Video releases its DVD of the Lifetime TV movie William & Kate ($19.95), which depicts their courtship and stars Camilla Luddington as Kate and Nico Evers-Swindell as Prince William.

For a companion piece, MVD Entertainment Group has put together a DVD of footage from nearly every other British royal wedding from the past century. The recently released British Royal Weddings of the 20th Century ($19.95) includes more than three hours of archival footage on DVD for the first time. The set includes the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, the 1986 wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, the 1947 wedding of Princess Elizabeth (now queen) to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the 1923 marriage of Prince Albert (later King George VI) to Elizabeth Boews-Lyon, and more.

On the other hand, those looking for a spoof of the whole thing can check out the “South Park” episode “Royal Pudding” for free at SouthParkStudios.com or as a download from iTunes ($1.99 in standard-def, $2.99 in high-def).

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