Royal couple says `I Do` live on YouTube
More than 5.1 mn people around the world watched the Royal couple taking their wedding vows.
New Delhi: Millions across the globe who didn`t get invited to the Royal wedding of Prince William and his university sweetheart Kate Middleton, chose to watch the two exchange their wedding rings live on video sharing website YouTube.
More than 5.1 million people around the world watched as bride and groom took their wedding vows in Westminster Abbey, according to the details available on YouTube.
YouTube, which streamed the videos through British broadcaster BBC, followed the wedding procession, marriage ceremony at Westminster Abbey and balcony kiss at Buckingham Palace.
Prince William, the second-in-line to the British throne, and Middleton had got engaged last October.
In India, the wedding was the fifth most searched item on search giant Google. Also, four related terms appeared in the top 10 searches.
Metros like Delhi and Chennai seemed most interested in viewing the ceremony online, according to Google data.
The marriage of the Queen`s sister, Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1960 was the first royal wedding to be broadcast on television, and which had over 20 million viewers.
People also conveyed their wishes through videos on the "Wedding Book" on YouTube to congratulate the couple.
Almost three hours after the wedding ceremony was over, microblogging site Twitter was abuzz with tweets. There were as many as 40 tweets a minute from across the world.
Some tweets read "i can`t believe i actually spent the last 5h seeing #Royalwedding and i am not sorry!!! i would spend it again :) THEY WERE GORGEOUS!" and "Congratulations to William and Kate on their special day."
According to the website Mashable, the word "Royal Wedding" found mention in 2.6 lakh status messages on Facebook in the US and the UK alone.
Reportedly, Prince William and Middleton are regular users of social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.