Posted: 08/31/2011


Royal Wedding of a Lifetime

by Amber Burnham

Available now from A+E Networks Home Entertainment.

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The Lifetime original Royal Wedding of a Lifetime is a six part documentary series chronicling the relationship and wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton. The series is constructed in a fashion that makes the information assessable to everyone, no matter your background knowledge of the couple, or royalty as a whole. If you were one of the millions who stayed awake all night to watch the wedding itself, some of the information has already been related to you by the BBC, but there is still plenty to learn as Royal Wedding of a Lifetime proves. Information on the culinary exploits of the wedding, a parallel look at Princess Diana and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and a look at the wedding dress worn by Catherine are the just the sort of details included here that you simply can’t get anywhere else. For those interested in the royal couple, this release is going to give you the most complete story given that the others’ sole focus is on the wedding itself.

Each episode is 42 minutes in length and focuses on a different aspect of the couple’s relationship/wedding, accompanied by many authentic pictures and videos from the lives of the royal couple. Along with interviews from people who have known them throughout their lives, including a childhood friend of Catherine Middleton and a royal photographer who has been a part of HRH Prince William’s life since he was born. The documentary also contains clips from interviews with HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton themselves.

Being a Lifetime documentary series, the episodes are geared towards the interests of the network’s demographic. Whether you are interested in fashion, cooking, romance, or just royalty itself, there is something for you within the series. Although it treats the subject with the respect it deserves, the documentary also shows the couple as down-to-earth people, highlighting some of the normal things they do. This is in keeping with the way that not only Lady Diana wanted her sons to grow up, but also the way in which HRH Prince William would like to be seen— as a future monarch not unlike his subjects, who goes to work every day and comes home to a loving wife each evening.

The six episodes collected here are “William and Kate, A Love Story,” “A Tale of Two Princesses,” “Kate’s Gown of Renown,” “Feast Fit for a Prince and Princess,” “A Day to Remember,” and “The Future King and Queen.”

Amber Burnham has a BA in Early Childhood Education from Kendall College. She is also a regular panelist on Kichicast, the all-girl, Chicago-based podcast devoted to anime, manga, and Japanese culture. You can listen to Kichicast at

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