Royal wedding to clash with league

IPSWICH blokes be warned: write down the date April 29.

On that afternoon turn your TV to the channel showing Friday night footy, take the batteries from the remote and throw them out the window, preferably in a hard-to-find spot.

Why? Because Prince William and Kate Middleton will be married on that date and, due to time zone differences, the wedding will be on prime time.

With plenty of women keen on checking out Ms Middleton’s dress and the elaborate Westminster Abbey ceremony, the TV clash is sure to split many households.

According to reports, TV bosses from Channels 9 (NRL) and 7 (AFL) have indicated they will show the wedding live, with the footy to be shown on one of their respective digital channels.

Redbank Plains resident Renae Carey, 32, said there would be a battle between her and husband Aaron, 29, for the biggest TV in their house that night.

Unless her team is playing, she insisted the rugby league would be relegated to a smaller TV with the wedding to be on their big screen.

“It’s a one-off. There hasn’t been anything like it for a while,” Mrs Carey said.

“Royal weddings are few and far between.”

That came as news to Mr Carey, who would prefer to see 26 blokes belt each other up chasing a football around a field than a pair of toffs tying the knot.

“I will watch the footy for sure. There will be a fight for the big screen,” he said.

Purga resident Rhonda Lyons, 60, said she looked forward to the wedding.

“I’m a royalist and there’s nothing better than a wedding. I just have to watch the wedding,” Mrs Lyons said.

Another battle for the household TV is looming with husband Don Lyons, 62, keen on watching the footy or anything other than the wedding.

Kate Middleton will travel to Westminster Abbey by car through some of London’s most-historic sites including The Mall, Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and Parliament Square before the start of the service.

After tying the knot the couple will make a procession by horse-drawn carriage to Buckingham Palace where the Queen will host a private reception for them.

It is due to start at 11am in the UK, which is 8pm here (AEST).

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