Royal wedding dominates Facebook status updates

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
131,385 mentions
2    Prince William
104,747 mentions
3    Prince Harry
64,107 mentions
4    David Beckham
22,421 mentions
5    Victoria Beckham
12,346 mentions
6    Elton John
12,283 mentions
7    Princess Diana
11,103 mentions
8    Pippa Middleton
8,619 mentions
9    Prince Charles
6,791 mentions
10    Princess Beatrice
4,439 mentions
11    Princess Catherine
1,928 mentions
12    Princess Eugenie
1,385 mentions
13    Guy Ritchie
290 mentions