B&C is up early to cover the coverage of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Check back for updates throughout the morning.
4:00 a.m. — CBS opens with coverage of Charles and Diana’s wedding
4:05 a.m. — Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera reporting, Ann Curry’s with binoculars at Westminster Abbey. Brian Williams was scheduled to be here, but flew back to New York yesterday to cover the aftermath of the tornadoes in the South.
4:10 a.m. — Fox broadcast is airing Sky News
4:27 a.m. — Local news break on CBS
4:33 a.m. — MSNBC “waiting with bated breath” for Middleton family to leave the Goring Hotel in London.
4:34 a.m. — Local news break on ABC now
4:35 a.m. — Fox News talking about Charles Spencer, who has arrived at Westminster Abbey.
4:37 a.m. — Flipped to CNN twice now, both times on commercial. Covering the royal wedding ain’t cheap. CBS and NBC also on commercial breaks.
4:38 a.m. — Diane Sawyer on ABC saying biggest fear of every royal bride is walking down the red carpet in a veil.
4:40 a.m. — NBC interviewing Diana’s youngest bridesmaid, who was five years old at the time — now 35
4:42 a.m. — CBS is still rebroadcasting the Charles/Diana wedding. Was this the plan?
4:43 a.m. — MSNBC talking about Kate’s dress — the “best-kept secret in a long time.” Insiders have said Sarah Burke, creative director of Alexander McQueen, was spotted leaving Kate’s hotel last night.
4:46 a.m. — CNN shows Elton John and his husband have arrived.
4:53 a.m. — Fox News shows vans that are busing in dignitaries to the Abbey
4:56 a.m. — ABC’s David Muir, its designated social media correspondent, says 7,000 tweets on ABC coverage so far this morning
4:58 a.m. — Another local news break on CBS
4:59 a.m. — Vera Wang’s speaking on CNN about the bridal gown, of course
5:01 a.m. — U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has arrived at the Abbey. Wearing the traditional morning suit. Also, his wife’s not wearing a hat!
5:06 a.m. — CBS is now back to live coverage. Katie Couric says Kanye West (?) was invited, but didn’t come.
5:11 a.m. — Everyone’s now waiting for William and Harry to leave Buckingham Palace
5:12 a.m. — CNN has graphics on screen describing what Carole Middleton, Kate’s mother, is wearing
5:13 a.m. — First glimpse of Wills in his red dress uniform! Motorcade is heading to the Abbey.
5:18 a.m. — It’s a short trip from Clarence House to Westminster Abbey. William and Harry arrive.
5:23 a.m. — Tina Brown providing running royal family commentary on ABC
5:26 a.m. — NBC commentator points out that William will be “last man on Earth” to see Kate in her dress becasue of the way the Abbey is laid out.
5:32 a.m. — Kate’s mother and brother arrive
5:35 a.m. — ABC’s David Muir says people are tweeting about the wedding at a rate of 10,000 tweets per minute.
5:39 a.m. — Price Charles and Camilla are en route to the Abbey. Piers Morgan says ovation for Camilla “never would have happened 15 years ago”
5:48 a.m. – The Queen and Prince Phillip arrive at the Abbey. Queen dressed in yellow.
5:50 a.m. — Barbara Walters says Queen has estimated she’s worn 5,000 hats in her lifetime
5:51 a.m. — Kate’s in the car — first glimpse of her dress. We won’t find out who designed it until she steps foot in the Abbey.
5:55 a.m. — Kate and her father in motorcade on way to the Abbey.
6:01 a.m. — First full glimpse of the dress. It is indeed Alexander McQueen.
6:04 a.m. — The procession starts. TV commentators get a break now for the duration of the ceremony.
6:21 a.m. — William and Kate are wed.
6:44 a.m. — ABC feed I’m watching cuts out for several seconds. Sound gone for about 30 seconds after picture is restored.
6:53 a.m. — As William and Kate go into the chapel to sign the wedding registry, ABC and NBC start looking back at favorite moments from the ceremony. CNN, CBS still on live feed.
7:00 a.m. — Matt Laurer says the carriage procession that’s about to begin will be the “full pageantry of the monarchy on display.”