There were some 684,399 status updates on Facebook in the UK about the royal wedding during the space of four hours this morning; the equivalent of 47 mentions per second.
References to Kate Middleton and then Prince William took the top two spots, with 131,385 and 104,747 mentions respectively, closely followed by that of Prince Harry in third with 64,107 mentions. “Princess Catherine” got less than 2,000 references.
The Beckhams took fourth and fifth spot with David receiving 22,421 mentions and his pregnant wife Victoria, 12,346.
Joanna Shields, vice president of Facebook EMEA, said: “These numbers show the sheer scale of the public’s response to the royal wedding; millions are using Facebook to share what they think about every last detail of the ceremony.”
Fashion was also a big subject as speculation over who the now Duchess of Cambridge would wear. Sarah Burton got some 13,000 mentions throughout the day, while a further 7,863 mentions went to Alexander McQueen.
At time of publish, nearly 9,000 people have joined a group called “Princess Beatrice’s ridiculous royal wedding hat”.
On Twitter there were reportedly some 67 mentions about the royal wedding every second. The promoted hashtag #royalwedding dominated, while #proudtobebritish also rose up the rankings. William and Kate, and Sarah Burton were similarly key in the top trending topics.
Some of the best images can be seen on The British Monarchy’s Flickr stream: www.flickr.com/photos/britishmonarchy
Here’s the full list of guest mentions on Facebook in the UK:
1 Kate Middleton
2 Prince William
3 Prince Harry
4 David Beckham
5 Victoria Beckham
6 Elton John
7 Princess Diana
8 Pippa Middleton
9 Prince Charles
10 Princess Beatrice
11 Princess Catherine
12 Princess Eugenie
13 Guy Ritchie