‘The People’s Royal Wedding Album’ from Flickr shows what the world was doing on the big day

  • £5000 ‘honeymoon’ for the photo that best captures Britons’ Royal Wedding

  • Yahoo! research shows that while majority looking forward to the event, only 10% of women want to follow in Kate Middleton’s crystal slippers

  • Former BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond to judge competition and is available for interview as Yahoo!’s Royal Wedding expert 

  • Flickr – the leading photo sharing site owned by Yahoo! – launched ‘The People’s Royal Wedding Album’ (flickr.com/groups/peoplesroyalwedding) – a competition that aims to capture how the British public are marking the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. And today the album is full of pictures of those celebrations including street parties, pets in royal regalia, cakes, novelty embroidery, jubilations on the Mall and the ‘wedding free zone’ pubs*.

    Jennie Bond, Yahoo!’s Royal Wedding expert, commented “I remember the party atmosphere and feeling of celebration that swept the country in 1981 when Charles and Diana said ‘I do’.  Thirty years on, Flickr’s ‘People’s Royal Wedding Album’ has provided a snapshot of what the royal wedding means to the country and showcases all the different ways we choose to spend the day..”

    Whatever people have been doing and are doing over the weekend, Flickr’s ‘People’s Royal Wedding Album’ wants to capture it all – and there’s a £5000 ‘honeymoon'[1] as a prize for the best snap.

    There is still time to enter, so if you have a photo of the Royal Wedding tat you’ve bought, the aftermath of partying across two long bank holiday weekends or your back garden barbeque entering it into ‘The People’s Royal Wedding Album’ on Flickr couldn’t be easier:

    • Visit flickr.com/groups/peoplesroyalwedding

    • Simply use the free Flickit smartphone app to upload whilst on the go**

    • If you don’t already have one, set up a Flickr account. You can now also use your Facebook or Google ID to log-in.

    • Upload your Royal Wedding photo to the group by May 3 (competition end date)

    • Wait with bated breath to see if Jennie Bond has made you King/Queen* (delete as applicable) for a day

    The wide ranging opinions of the British people around the Royal Wedding should ensure no shortage of snaps for the Flickr Royal Wedding album. According to Yahoo! Research[2]:

    • Over 50% of Britons are looking forward to the Royal Wedding and see it as cause for celebration

    • We’re not necessarily being gripped by monarchical fervour – When asked why they were celebrating, 30% of respondents cited the long bank holiday weekend

    • Only 10% of female respondents want to become a real-life princess like Kate Middleton

    • The Royal Wedding spirit doesn’t seem to have led to an outbreak of generosity in Britain’s hospitality industry – over 90% of hoteliers in the UK say they will increase their prices across the Royal Wedding weekend

    “With every detail of the wedding, from Kate’s dress to the first dance and what guests had for dinner shared by the world and his uncle, the ‘People’s Wedding Album’ turns the spotlight on what ordinary people are doing, or not doing, on the big day,” said Fiona Miller, Flickr’s Marketing Manager.

    She added; “Flickr is in a unique position to tell the visual story of the people’s wedding. Not only is Flickr part of Yahoo!, the premier digital media company, but it is already used by the British Monarchy as the home of its official Royal Wedding photostream and has over 10 million users in the UK. Flickr makes it easy for members to share their life through photos with the people that matter to them and we’re excited that we can play a part in documenting the Royal Wedding from the people’s perspective.”

    As well as the visual guide to the people’s Royal Wedding, Yahoo! has the indispensible guide to everything you need to know about the big day in the shape of its Royal Wedding site (http://uk.royalwedding.yahoo.com) [3]

    ENDS

    Notes to Editors

    For new users, Flickr recently updated it’s signing in process to make it even easier to join Flickr, in addition to using a Yahoo! ID it is now possible to sign up to Flickr with Google or Facebook accounts.

    *All users who have submitted photos to the album have agreed to allow Yahoo! full media distribution rights. If you would like to use a photo please feel free to download yourself, or contact the Yahoo! PR team and ensure you use the credit: “Image courtesy of The People’s Royal Wedding Album on Flickr”

    **Flickit is a third part application which neither Yahoo! nor Flickr are able to offer support for. 

    About Yahoo!
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    For further details, please contact:
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    Notes

    [1] For full terms and conditions, please visit  http://flickr.com/groups/peoplesroyalwedding

    [2] Research conducted on Yahoo.co.uk  from a  representative sample of  3595 UK adults aged over 16.  The survey ran from Tuesday 29th March to Monday 4th April 2011.

    [3] Yahoo!’s Royal Wedding website will be an extension of Yahoo! UK Lifestyle (http://uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com/), the leading website for women’s lifestyle content, and demonstrates Yahoo!’s position as the premier Web destination for landmark global events. Features of the Royal Wedding website include:

    • Guestbook: The Royal Wedding Yahoo! Guestbook gives people a place to offer their marital advice and best wishes to Prince William and Kate Middleton, then share those wishes with users’ social networks. See the celebrities, including Khloe Kardashian, who have left messages for the couple: http://uk.royalguestbook.yahoo.com/videos

    • Photo galleries: View photos of the couple’s courtship, Kate Middleton as a child, and much more.

    • Articles and blogs: The latest news on the royal wedding, plus articles on the wedding trends, fashion, the royal wedding’s participants and guests, and more.

    • Wedding live stream: Watch the royal wedding live by visiting http://uk.royalwedding.yahoo.com/ on April 29.

    • Video: Yahoo! will feature video from Associated Press, Reuters, and ABC News, along with original video content including a joint ABC News/Yahoo! News Web show called “Wedding Royale.” ABC News will also provide weekly flashback videos of the royal family. During the week of the wedding, Yahoo! will have a crew on the ground in London producing stories on topics people are most interested in.

    • Mobile site: Yahoo! allows you to get your Royal Wedding fix anytime, anywhere, by visiting http://m.royalwedding.yahoo.com/ from your mobile phone.

    BBC – Music – Review of Gurdas Maan

    Longevity in the music industry is a rare thing nowadays, with artists barely lasting more than a few releases. But one singer songwriter who’s stood the test of time is Gurdas Maan. Arguably the most notable figure in the world of Punjabi music, he’s dominated the scene for over three decades and managed to attract (and maintain) a huge fanbase in and outside of India.

    The key to Maan’s continuing success is his ability to create music that is both entertaining and meaningful. Another example of this is Jogiya, his 35th album, which offers a soulful blend of socially conscious, romantic and amusing songs.

    Drawing inspiration from couplets by revered Indian poet Kabir, Jogiya is a lyrical treat. From the catchy opener Jogiya Ve Jogiya to the love ballad Tere Baajhon Saadi, Maan’s penned verses and warm vocals perfectly complement the melodies composed by his long-standing music partner, Jaidev Kumar.

    Sounding as young and vital as he did back in 1980 when his song Dil Da Mamla Hai bought him to national attention, Maan’s rousing rendition of the qawwali-inspired Sai Jee Baithey Naal and bouncy bhangra number Gal Tere Matlab Di reinforces his reputation as a skilled singer. The only number that doesn’t quite work is Tumba Nahi Vajda, where funky contemporary beats jar with the album’s overall traditional sound.

    While most diehard Maan fans will be pleased with Jogiya, some may argue the album lacks an obvious crowd-pleasing anthem like his ever-popular Apna Punjab Hove, Challa and Peer Tere Jaan Di. However, Jogiya isn’t about making commercial tracks aimed at rocking parties and filling dance floors; it’s about creating thought-provoking music with a flavour of realism.

    In an age-biased music scene where the young are championed and old masters often overshadowed, Maan’s versatility and ability to keep up with the times and attract young generations of music lovers is no mean feat. And like a wandering minstrel spreading words of wisdom and love, you can’t help be swept away by the legend.