Prince William and Kate Middleton, who met at university in 2001 and became engaged last fall, will be married on Friday, April 29, at 11 a.m. (6 a.m. EDT), at London’s Westminster Abbey. U.S. television networks are celebrating the royal nuptials with a variety of wedding-themed programming, from Food Network shows featuring wedding cakes to behind-the-scenes specials about the big event. NBC, TLC and BBC America are among multiple channels airing live wedding coverage.

Prince William and Kate Middleton, who met at university in 2001 and became engaged last fall, will be married on Friday, April 29, at 11 a.m. (6 a.m. EDT), at London’s Westminster Abbey. U.S. television networks are celebrating the royal nuptials with a variety of wedding-themed programming, from Food Network shows featuring wedding cakes to behind-the-scenes specials about the big event. NBC, TLC and BBC America are among multiple channels airing live wedding coverage.


“Prince William’s Africa”


BBC America, Sunday, April 24


Not all the royal wedding coverage is ooh- and ahh-ing over the dresses and the decorations. This new special looks at the other love of Prince William’s life: conservation efforts in Africa. The prince talks with reporter Ben Engle about his first royal tour of Africa and his relationship with the wildlife conservation charity Tusk Trust and goes into the bush on a research safari. BBC America’s other pre-wedding programming also includes the specials “Diana’s Dresses” and “Princess Diana: Her Life in Jewels” (Sunday) and “Royal London” and “How to Be a Prince” (Wednesday, April 27).


“Charles and Di: Once Upon a Time”


TLC, Sunday, April 24


Viewers of a certain age will remember another royal wedding that captured hearts and television viewership around the globe: the union of Prince William’s parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, 30 years ago this summer. This two-hour special revisits the events of that day, from the memorable moments to the little-known facts. Charles and Diana also figure prominently in the two specials that follow: “Untold Stories of a Royal Bridesmaid” and “Royally Astounding: 30 Defining Days of the Monarchy.”


“William & Kate: Wedding of the Century”


Wedding Central, Sunday, April 24


The all weddings, all the time sister channel to WE: Women’s Entertainment has a full complement of programming leading up to William and Kate’s wedding day, starting with this hourlong special, which includes interviews with royal insiders as well as florists, designers and others dishing about the work involved in an event this big. Also on the schedule: “Charles & Diana’s Wedding” (Monday, April 25), “How to Marry a Prince” (Tuesday, April 26),“How to Be a Princess” (Wednesday, April 27), and more.


“Inside the Royal Wedding”


NBC, Wednesday, April 27


The wedding itself may be the stuff of fairy tales, but what happens in the months leading up to it plays more like a soap opera, with drama and tension running high as plans are made and executed. This hourlong special goes behind the scenes of the planning and preparation and introduces viewers to the people who are making it all happen. Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira (“Today”) host.


“Extreme Royal Collections”


TLC, Wednesday, April 27


Not everyone can be royalty, but commoners can always surround themselves with monarchy memorabilia. This new special visits with folks who have filled their homes with items that celebrate members of the British royal family or, better yet, belonged to them. They include a woman with more than 10,000 royal tchotchkes, an Australian couple who show off their royal goods to tourists, and an American whose collection includes some of Princess Diana’s gowns.


“20/20’’


ABC, Thursday, April 28, and Friday, April 29


Two special editions of the newsmagazine series bookend the royal wedding. Thursday, Chris Cuomo (in London) and Elizabeth Vargas (in New York) host a look behind the scenes of the life that awaits Kate Middleton once she becomes a princess. Friday, Barbara Walters anchors a two-hour recap of William and Kate’s wedding day.


“Will & Kate Forever”


Wedding Central & WE tv, Friday, April 29


Celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton puts his own irreverent spin on the royal couple’s wedding, serving up highlights of the day interspersed with his one-of-a-kind commentary on the guests, the gawkers and the clothes.


“The Royal Wedding: Modern Majesty”


CBS, Friday, April 29


Katie Couric anchors this special that examines the historic significance of William and Kate’s wedding and the next generation of the British monarchy. It also offers highlights of the big day, including the guests, the fashions and the parties.


“Will & Kate: Road to the Altar”


E!, Friday, April 29


Ryan Seacrest hosts this hour recapping the events of William and Kate’s wedding day, including a look at the celebrities on the guest list and the couple’s future. The channel’s wedding coverage continues with “Fashion Police: Royal Wedding,” in which Joan Rivers, Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos offer their thoughts on Kate’s gown and all royal-wedding-related style matters.