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WNYC News

The Royal Couple Comes to Town

Monday, December 08, 2014

While Britain's Prince William meets with President Obama at the White House, his wife, Kate, will tour a child development center with New York City's first lady, Chirlane McCray.

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Transportation Nation

Virginia County Slows Plans For 'Outer Beltway'

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Opponents of the McDonnell administration's plan to build a major north-south highway in Northern Virginia scored a temporary win on Tuesday: they convinced the Prince William County Board of Supervisors to defer a decision to submit its transportation projects wish list to state funding officials.

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It's A Free Country ®

Bracket | Most Fashionable Politicos

Monday, April 02, 2012

We've picked sixteen fashionable politicians; it's up to you to decide who's the best-dressed.

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Transportation Nation

Yes, William and Kate Use Bike Share

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What would make London's bike share more popular? What if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (a.k.a. Prince William and Kate Middleton) used it?

Well, apparently, they have.

People magazine is reporting that a spokesperson for the couple said "the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge occasionally use the London cycle scheme bicycles to undertake private journeys around London."

London's bike share program began in July of 2010 and has proven to be enormously popular, with 7.7 million bicycle rides taken to date.

Apparently -- and, on behalf of TN, I apologize for missing this tidbit when it came out last spring -- the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, gave the royal couple a specially built tandem bicycle for a wedding present. (There's no word on whether the couple has actually ridden their tandem, or just grabs a Boris Bike from one of the 400 docking stations around town.)

You can see an animated video of it, below:

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The Takeaway

Getting Royal in New York City

Friday, April 29, 2011

Takeaway producer — and today, wedding correspondent — Kristen Meinzer is in New York City's Greenwich Village, watching the royal festivities with other enthusiasts. We talk to Kristen about how the royal wedding is being seen on the streets of NYC. 

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Transportation Nation

Royal Wedding: How The Bride and Groom Were Transported There

Friday, April 29, 2011

In case you missed our post yesterday:

(Okay, we're hooked too!)

[The Princess] traveled "in a Rolls Royce Phantom VI, accompanied by her father. The Rolls Royce was presented to The Queen in 1978 for her Silver Jubilee by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders."

Prince William will ride in state Bentley (by S. Foskett via Wikimedia Commons)

"Prince William rode in a Bentley, accompanied by Prince Harry. The State Bentleys have been uniquely designed enabling greater use to be made of the vehicle’s interior space. The Bentleys are 6.22 metres long and, at 3.84 meters, their wheelbase is 1.3 metres longer than that of an average family sized saloon.

State cars are painted in Royal claret livery. The Rolls-Royces and Bentleys do not have registration number plates, since they are State vehicles. On processional occasions, the State cars travel at around nine miles per hour, and sometimes as slow as three miles per hour."

More information about all things Royal Wedding -- including the breeds of horses used in the procession, as well as mention of the Glass Coach -- can be found at the official wedding website.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Royally Wed

Friday, April 29, 2011

Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, talks to listeners who got up early to watch Prince William marry Kate Middleton.

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WNYC News

Live Chat: Watching The Royal Wedding

Friday, April 29, 2011

This Friday, join WNYC and WQXR hosts, producers, and fellow fans for a live chat as we watch the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. As you watch the wedding, chat here about everything from the ceremony and the music to all those fabulous hats! Joining throughout the morning will be WNYC's Richard Hake and WQXR's Graham Parker and Kerry Nolan. We'll also be pulling in tweets from The Takeaway's Kristen Meinzer. Your (very) informal hostess is Director of Digital Content Kathleen Ehrlich.

Transportation Nation

TN's Totally Gratuitous Royal Wedding Post

Thursday, April 28, 2011

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Yes, you'll be in Times Square by 5am Friday to watch the wedding proceedings live via Jumbotron. You've read that the 1,900 guests might be downing something called "blancmange shooters." You know that Kate Middleton and Ellen DeGeneres are 15th cousins. You fret whether the millions of people livestreaming the wedding could break the internet.

But followers of transportation news have been wondering: just how will the royal couple get to Westminster Abbey?

Kate Middleton's ride: a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI (by Lars-Göran Lindgren via Wikimedia Commons)

Wait no more. From the latest Royal Wedding briefing document:

"Miss Middleton and Prince William will travel separately to the wedding service using State Cars from the Royal Mews.  Miss Middleton will travel in a Rolls Royce Phantom VI, accompanied by her father. The Rolls Royce was presented to The Queen in 1978 for her Silver Jubilee by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders."

Prince William will ride in state Bentley (by S. Foskett via Wikimedia Commons)

"Prince William will travel in a Bentley, accompanied by Prince Harry. The State Bentleys have been uniquely designed enabling greater use to be made of the vehicle’s interior space. The Bentleys are 6.22 metres long and, at 3.84 meters, their wheelbase is 1.3 metres longer than that of an average family sized saloon.

State cars are painted in Royal claret livery. The Rolls-Royces and Bentleys do not have registration number plates, since they are State vehicles. On processional occasions, the State cars travel at around nine miles per hour, and sometimes as slow as three miles per hour."

More information about all things Royal Wedding -- including the breeds of horses used in the procession, as well as mention of the Glass Coach -- can be found at the official wedding website.

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The Takeaway

The Economics of a Royal Wedding

Monday, April 18, 2011

The countdown is underway: There's less than two weeks to go until hundreds of millions of viewers watch Prince William marry Kate Middleton in London's Westminster Abbey. But resist the urge to swoon and forget the romance for a minute as we take a closer look at the economics of the royal wedding.

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WQXR Features

The Prince's Plucker Says: 'They’ll Be Greeted by the Harp'

Friday, April 15, 2011

Royal Harpist Claire Jones will welcome Prince William and Catherine Middleton to their reception after the royal couple’s Westminster Abbey wedding on April 29. She tells us about the royal gig.

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WQXR Features

Dropping the Needle on William and Catherine's 'I Do'

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Classical music producer Anna Berry will coordinate the recording of the royal wedding on April 29. "The pressure to get this absolutely right will be enormous. The consequences of making a mistake on this one would be so horrible and public and awful."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Royal Wedding

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Gabriel Gatehouse, UK affairs correspondent for the BBC World Service discusses Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding set for 100 days from today.

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WQXR News

Prince William and Kate Middleton Announce Their Engagement

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Prince William has finally popped the question to girlfriend Kate Middleton. As The Associated Press reports, it's a long-awaited announcement in the UK: William is the second-in-line for the throne after his father, Prince Charles.

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