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Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
Television coverage of the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, live from Buckingham Palace, will begin while most of us are dead asleep.
If you're a night owl, it will be a hoot.
BBC AMERICA will offer live, commercial-free coverage of the royal wedding from 3 to 8:30 a.m. April 29. The day's commentary will feature veteran BBC newsman Huw Edwards.
ABC News' coverage will kick off at 4 a.m. with newswomen Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters anchoring a special broadcast of the ceremony, followed by a live edition of "Good Morning America" from what is sure to be a jolly London town.
Viewers can expect a drum roll of history-making, all-important scenes:
* The royal family including Prince William and Catherine Middleton as they arrive at Westminster Abbey
* The first glimpse of Catherine Middleton's wedding dress
* The wedding ceremony at 11 a.m. UK time or 6 a.m. EST/3 a.m. PST
* The newly married couple on their return journey to Buckingham Palace
* The millions of people and representatives from Britain's armed forces, expected to line the wedding route
* And alas, the traditional moment when Prince William and Princess Catherine join the rest of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as they greet the crowds and witness the Royal Air Force flyover.
Howard Berman, a rabbi from Boston, told BBC News that he plans to set his alarm early to watch the wedding with a group of friends at his synagogue.
Watching the wedding on television will not be as exciting as standing with the crowds in London craning for a glimpse of the royal procession, as Berman -- who boasts a collection of more than 2,000 items of royal memorabilia -- did for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. Still, like many viewers in the United States, he does not want to miss it.
"Americans have had this very idealistic, romantic fascination with what the royal family represents," said Berman, who concedes it might seem unusual for a rabbi to hold such an interest.
"It's a point of identity in a society that transcends politics," he added. "Every leader of our government is a political figure and the idea that there is a national iconic symbol that goes above that is fascinating for us."
Being the social networking times that they are, Sawyer and Walters' coverage will be live-streamed on ABCNews.com, ABC News app for iPad and iPhone, Hulu, Yahoo!, and Facebook. BBC.com will stream the wedding live at www.bbc.com/royalwedding from 5:45 to 8:45 a.m.
That's the day of.
In the weeks, leading up to Britain's party of the decade, viewers will be able to watch a variety of specials celebrating the historical event. Below are just some of the shows scheduled to feed the appetite of royal wedding fans:
* Barbara Walters "Special Edition of 20/20: William & Catherine: A Modern Fairytale," 10 p.m., April 18.
* ABC World News with Diane Sawyer will be broadcast live from London, April 27-29
* Nightline's Cynthia McFadden will anchor the show from London, beginning April 25.
* GMA Weekend's Brianna Golodryga will provide updates on the royal nuptials on the morning after the wedding
* ABC News and Yahoo have joined forces to create "Wedding Royale," a program exclusive to digital platforms straight from London.
* Follow the updates on Twitter accounts: @ABC, @ABCROYALS. Plus, "Like" ABC News on Facebook.com/abcnews to watch live streaming coverage on April 29.
* ABC News Radio correspondents Aaron Katersky and Cheri Preston will begin their coverage of the wedding from outside Buckingham Palace at 5 a.m.
* Comcast launched a royal wedding content destination On Demand and online at XfinityTV giving viewers more than 130 shows all inspired by the royal wedding and if you cannot stay awake, Comcast On Demand is providing coverage of the wedding ceremony after the fact. For service in your area visit Comcast
* The Disney Channel recognizing the increased interest by young Americans in all things royal, will present "A Modern Fairytale: The Royal Wedding Week," a short-form series for children, tweens and families, April 25-29. Disneyfamily.com has a special website titled, "Happily Ever After" featuring tips on how to have a fairytale wedding or vow renewal celebration, a showcase of Disney princess-inspired wedding gowns and fun and easy tips to help moms feel like a princess every day.
* If that's not enough to feed your royal wedding appetite, Prince William and Kate have launched their own official royal wedding website at Royal Wedding Clarence House If you want to know what Kate's dress will look like -- officials promise the site will be the first place to see it.
Marriage is an Athenic weaving together of families, of two souls with their individual fates and destinies, of time and eternity--everyday life married to the timeless mysteries of the soul -- Thomas Moore