@royalengagements – How the process has changed

I heard the news over Twitter.

The excitement, the annoyance from many females that a handsome Prince was off the market, the ensuing media scrum to find out the date, the dress and the destination.

Of course, my friends, it is the Royal engagement.

I wasn’t particularly fascinated that two twenty something’s had got engaged, but what did fascinate me was the way we heard. Twitter, Sky News rolling coverage, blogs, emails. It must have been oh so different for William’s grandmother, the current Queen of the United Kingdom.

A little dig around the web and I found an archived video from the day.

But what really fascinated me was how it was reported in the main medium of the day. Now, many find their news from Twitter so it was interesting to me to see how it was reported back then. Luckily , the BBC’s archive had the announcement from BBC’s Home service.

You can listen to the announcement here.

It may be archaic compared to the audio and technology of now, but it provides a fascinating insight into how two similar situations can be reported so differently almost 60 years on.

There will be more posts about the Royal wedding, and its comparisons with the wedding of over 60 years ago coming soon.

Niall McDonald

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Published in: on November 30, 2010 at 11:06 am  Leave a Comment  

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