CTV marks 100-day countdown to the Royal Wedding with the launch of TheRoyals.ca

This Wednesday, CTV marks the start of the 100-day countdown to the Royal Wedding with the launch of TheRoyals.ca, a robust, one-stop online destination for all of the news, photos, information and speculation leading up to The Royal Wedding.

With updates flooding in from across CTV’s network of news, entertainment and online properties, royal watchers don’t need to look anywhere else for the best breaking news, videos and insider information in the days leading up to The Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011.

CTV news properties also mark the countdown with special programming this Wednesday, including ETALK PRESENTS: ROAD TO THE ROYAL WEDDING at 1 p.m. ET.

“The worlds of television, media, celebrity and fandom have all changed dramatically since the spectacle of the 1981 royal wedding, but what remains is Canada’s passion and appetite for all things royal,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.. “As CTV gears up its multi-platform coverage for this year’s wedding, TheRoyals.ca becomes Canada’s first and best resource dedicated exclusively to satisfying the appetite of royal enthusiasts.”

CTV’s diverse resources from fashion and entertainment to news and business are already reflected on the site, including feature stories on “What the Royal Wedding Means to Merchandisers” to “Kate’s Savvy Sense of Style.” In addition, TheRoyals.ca already includes a dozen photo galleries featuring everything from “Royal Hats” and “Replica Rings” to memories of Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince William through the years.

Royal fans can also follow TheRoyals.ca on Twitter and Facebook for updates on breaking stories and to participate in the online community.

In addition to the launch of TheRoyals.ca, CTV celebrates the 100-day countdown with Royal programming across its family of entertainment and news properties:



Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. ET on CTV and 8:30 p.m. ET on E!

In this all-new special, ETALK’s Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim help mark 100 days to the highly anticipated royal wedding with a look at the whirlwind romance’s early days, Kate’s family background, Will and Kate’s brief breakup, and everything we can expect from the latest plans for the big day. The half-hour special includes interviews with royal experts including Hilary Alexander, Fashion Director, The Daily Telegrap;, Christopher Andersen, author, William and Kate: A Royal Love Story; Katie Nicholl, author William and Harry; Tina Brown, author of The Diana Chronicles; Claudia Joseph who penned the recent Kate: The Making of a Princess; Camilla Tominey, Royal Editor of the Sunday Express; among others. The special repeat son Jan 22 at 5 p.m. ET on CTV; Jan 22 at 6 and 11:30 p.m. ET and Jan. 23 at 9:30 a.m. ET on E!



Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 6 – 9 a.m.

Today, CANADA AM takes a close look at the courtships of Charles and Diana vs. William and Kate and Kate’s fashion influence, and meets some Canadians who plan on attending the big day. Also, the morning show helps hopeful travelers plan a trip to London for the big day with Loren Christie’s Royal Wedding travel guide.


CTV News Channel

Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. ET

During this half-hour special hosted by Marcia MacMillan, London bureau chief Tom Kennedy brings viewers up to date on all the details released so far. Royal biographer Christopher Warwick joins MacMillan to talk about who is going to make the guest list: who are the VIPs and celebrities filling the pews and partying with the newlyweds?

MacMillan will also take a close look at the extensive measures needed to secure London for the event. Fashion Television’s Jeanne Beker joins MacMillan to talk about The Dress, along with Kate’s style and favourite designers. CTV News Channel also speaks with Canadians who are counting down to the big day.



Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 9 p.m. ET

In this half-hour special, host Stephen LeDrew invites special guests Robert Finch, Dominion Chairman of the Monarchist League of Canada, and Alison McGill, Editor-in-Chief of Wedding Bells magazine, to discuss the details of the nuptials. As the wedding of the century approaches, Prince William and Kate have many planning challenges ahead of them. The wedding will be grand and regal and how it all plays out will not be entirely up to them. CP24 discusses Royal Protocol and wedding speculation about everything from the guest list to the dress.

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