By Lori Acken
The big countdown is on for William and Kate’s wedding (five days away), and royal programming really starts kicking in tonight.
Beginning today, TLC will devote an astounding 89 hours of coverage to its weeklong royal wedding programming, culminating in a live wedding day event and viewing party from Times Square that features TLC favorites Clinton Kelly (What Not to Wear), Randy Fenoli (Say Yes to the Dress) and Monte Durham (Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta) plus multi-platinum singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat and entertainment reporter Amanda Byram.
Charles & Di: Once Upon a Time — TLC, 7pm ET
Remembering Charles and Diana’s wedding, including pop-up elements with interesting facts.
Untold Stories of a Royal Bridesmaid — TLC, 9pm ET
India Hicks (a bridesmaid at Princess Diana’s wedding and goddaughter of Prince Charles) provides an insider’s view of everything royal as she takes viewers on an imperial journey that revisits her memories of that historic day 30 years ago. India will give viewers an exclusive inside look at Charles and Diana’s wedding, sharing untold stories of those who were there with her. India shares personal photographs and mementos of the day, and meets with friends, including fellow former bridesmaid Clementine Hambro and one of the designers of Diana’s dress, David Emanuel.
Royally Astounding: 30 Defining Days of Monarchy — TLC, 10pm ET
A countdown of 30 defining days in the life of the royal family since the 1981 wedding of Charles and Diana. With insight from friends and royal experts, this special hits the highs and the lows the monarchy has had in the past three decades.
As the world tunes in to watch Prince William and Kate Middleton exchange vows, NBC News and its fellow NBCUniversal networks will provide cross-platform coverage of royal wedding events from London starting with Dateline tonight.
In addition, NBC News has announced the launch of its Royal Wedding app for iPad, which is available for free from the App Store.
Dateline — NBC, 7pm ET
Dennis Murphy takes a closer look at Kate Middleton’s personal story, including a preview of the wedding.