Branded3’s five ways to get interactive with the Royal Wedding
Ok so we’ve given in; after months of trying to avoid the Royal Wedding and the constant stream of news stories on what Kate’s dress might look like, and whether the cake will contain nuts (hardly breaking news…) we’ve decided to embrace the national celebration, which is quickly turning out to be the most interactive event in history.
The occasion has taken over our TV’s, our newspapers, our phones, and our computers. It is expected that a staggering one billion people will watch the ceremony worldwide on their televisions, and that’s not even considering the number of internet users who will watch the wedding streamed live on YouTube.
Whilst the world will be embracing all platforms of technology to get closer to the event; the actual wedding itself will be a tech-free zone, with signal-blocking technology being installed at Westminster Abbey; so don’t expect any Tweets from best-man Prince Harry.
If you’re yet to be sucked into the Royal Wedding mania; we reckon these five recommendations might get you pinning-up bunting and waving union jacks out of your car window before you know it:
1. Send your own wedding pictures to Microsoft
To ease you into the hysteria gently, this is a really simple way to get involved. Microsoft and MSN are asking enthusiasts to send in their wedding day pictures so they can use them to create an image of Prince William and Kate. It’s basically a tool for Microsoft to showcase the power of the HTML5 capacity in IE9, but as the proceeds of buying the picture go to charity, it creates the perfect excuse to get involved.
2. Download some regal apps
- Dress the Royals: For the slightly immature smartphone users, this app allows you to dress the Queen and her grandsons in whatever you fancy. So if you’ve ever wanted to see Royals in their bathing suits, this app’s for you.
- Royal Wedding Weakest Link: This adaptation of the popular TV show tests your knowledge on the Royals, and will have you submerged in the famous family’s facts in no time.
- Receive a Royal invite: Again, this is probably directed at the less serious users out there, but this app lets you pretend you’ve been invited to the prestigious event by downloading an onscreen invitation. It’s probably not worth showing it to anyone who’s actually seen the official invite, as it’s safe to say it hasn’t quite hit the nail on the head.
3. Share eye-witness pictures:
The Telegraph has joined forces with Color to provide a live stream of photos taken using the app, anywhere in Britain. So even if you’re not one of the enthusiasts already camping by the side of the wedding route, you can take pictures using the Color app of whatever you’re doing to celebrate the Royal Wedding, and they’ll be included in a mosaic of images on telegraph.co.uk/color.
4. Buy a Royal Wedding phone:
Yes, you knew it was coming; a Royal Wedding special edition mobile phone. So what ‘special features’ do you get from this device? Well, how does a phone engraved with the couple’s initials and emblazoned with the Union Jack sound? If you’re still interested, then perhaps the wedding march ringtone and royal-themed wallpaper will intrigue you. I’m sure the Queen would be more than proud that 15 of her English pounds would bestow this patriotic gadget upon one of her countrymen.
5. Listen to the soundtrack:
So by now you should be fully prepared to celebrate the event whilst enjoying every minute, but the enjoyment doesn’t have to stop there. Within hours of the ceremony finishing, you’ll be able to download the soundtrack from iTunes and keep the merriment alive in your ears. This is sure to be on the Branded3 playlist when we return to the office on Tuesday, and I for one, can’t wait.
EXCLUSIVE: Being the technical wizards that we are, we’ve figured out a way to find out just how enjoyable Kate and William’s big wedding night will be (or won’t be…) and you can watch the LIVE stream of their hotel suite.
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