British officials and YouTube announced this morning that the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton will be livestreamed on YouTube next Friday.

The feed will run to the British monarchy’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/theroyalchannel. St. James Palace also plans to do a live blog of the events. A post on William and Kate’s official wedding Web site noted that:

The Royal Channel will host a live stream 'gadget', produced by Google, which will stream the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton live on the day from 10am until 2pm [London time]. This will include the Couple’s journey to and from Westminster Abbey, the Wedding Service, balcony appearance and the fly past.

The feed will be taken from the BBC without a broadcaster's commentary.  Staff at Clarence House and St. James’s Palace will provide a live commentary with historical information, interesting links, additional photographs and video footage as well as an integrated Twitter feed.  This will be the first time a live blog has run alongside a live stream on YouTube for any occasion.

The Post’s Faster Forward blog also has the news.