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The royal historian discussed the future of royal weddings with Gyles Brandreth during the BBC’s The One Show. Princess Beatrice was set to get married to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi this month prior to the coronavirus pandemic. Ms Williams stated there is less desire from the public to see big weddings for “minor royals”.
Ms Willaims said: “By 1960 the Royal Family was coming to seem more stuffy, stick in its way because this is the beginning of the swinging 60s, exciting London, Britain being cool.
“The Royals really seemed a bit out of touch.”
MrBrandreth asked: “What difference did television make?”
Ms Williams replied: “300 million people watch the wedding, everyone is talking about Princess Margaret’s wedding.
“It created a huge amount of popularity and interest in the Royal Family.
“60 years on is our interest in royal wedding beginning to wane?
“Increasingly people are saying about the minor royals we don’t want to see these big royal wedding, we don’t want to pay for these weddings.
“So I think now we are not going to see a major royal wedding until Prince George.
“We have got a long time to wait.”
During the same programme Gyles Brandreth told the BBC‘s The One Show that the level of television technology at Princess Margaret‘s royal wedding gave people watching from home comprehensive and intimate access on a level that had never been seen before.
Mr Brandreth said: “As well as 2,000 invited guests, the TV broadcast had a global audience of 300 million people.
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“One aspect of this royal wedding that can be said with certainty eclipsed the Queen’s was the televised technology used to pull it off.
“Inside the Abbey, there were 36 cameras, 3 miles of cable and emergency microphones hidden in candlesticks.
“There were also cameras outside to capture the huge sense of occasion on the streets.
“People watching from home had never before been granted such comprehensive and intimate access.”
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