William & Kate: The Movie

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William & Kate: The Movie
Distributed by Lifetime
Directed by Mark Rosman
Written by Nancey Silvers
Starring Nico Evers-Swindell
Camilla Luddington
Country United States
Language English
Original channel Lifetime
Release date 18 April 2011

William & Kate: The Movie[1] is the first of two unrelated American television films about the relationship between Prince William and Catherine "Kate" Middleton (now The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge), directed by Mark Rosman and written by Nancey Silvers. The film was a ratings success, despite the negative reception from critics. The second film William & Catherine: A Royal Romance was produced by the Hallmark Channel and released in August 2011.

Produced by Lifetime, the filming of William & Kate took place mostly in Los Angeles, with some second unit location filming in the United Kingdom, and the release date was 18 April 2011.[2][3] This came eleven days before the wedding of William and Catherine on 29 April 2011.[4]

Kate Middleton is played by Camilla Luddington, an English-born actress, while the part of William is taken by Nico Evers-Swindell, a New Zealander.[5]



The film received negative reviews, with The Guardian calling it "awful, toe-curlingly, teeth-furringly, pillow-bitingly ghastly",[6] the Daily Mirror saying it "contains moments so royally ridiculous they could only have occurred in the mind of a third-rate script writer" [7] and the London Evening Standard saying its only positive was that "it is recognisably a film, in that it takes place on a screen. Events run in a forward direction.".[8] The film has also been criticised[9][10] for its use of American actors, for some of its images, and for first unit filming taking place in the United States. The Daily Mail reviewed the film under the headline "We are a little amused: U.S. network airs first trailer of cheesy TV movie about Prince William and Kate Middleton".[11][12]

International airdates[edit]

Country Network(s) Premiere date Timeslot Title
 Portugal SIC 25 April 2011 Monday 8:45pm William & Kate: Uma História Real (William & Kate - A Real/Royal Story)
 Australia Network Ten 27 April 2011 Wednesday 8:30pm William & Kate: A Modern Day Fairy Tale
 Austria ORF eins 25 April 2011 Monday 8:15pm William & Kate - Ein Märchen wird wahr (William & Kate - A fairytale comes true)
 Belgium VIJFtv 27 April 2011 Wednesday 8:45pm William and Kate: the movie
 Bulgaria bTV 1 May 2011 Sunday 8:00pm William & Kate: A Modern Day Fairy Tale
 Canada Slice 24 April 2011 Sunday at 8:00pm William & Kate
 Chile Mega 28 April 2011 Thursday at 6:30pm William & Kate
 Croatia RTL Televizija 28 April 2011 Thursday at 10.00pm William i Kate
 Estonia TV3 29 April 2011 Friday at 9.00pm Armastuse lugu: William ja Kate
 France M6 28 April 2011 Thursday at 8:45pm Kate et William, quand tout a commencé...
W9 1 May 2011 Sunday at 2:55pm
 Germany Sat.1 28 April 2011 Thursday at 8:15pm William & Kate - Ein Märchen wird wahr (William & Kate - A fairytale comes true)
 Greece Alpha 26 April 2011 Tuesday 9:00pm Ουίλλιαμ και Κέιτ: ο γάμος του αιώνα (William & Kate: the wedding of the century)
 Ireland TV3 28 April 2011 Thursday at 9.00pm William and Kate The Untold Story
 Israel Yes 1 28 April 2011 Thursday at 9.30pm William & Kate
 Italy RaiUno 27 April 2011 Wednesday at 9:10pm William & Kate: una favola moderna (William & Kate: a modern fairy tale)
 Lithuania Lietuvos ryto TV 29 April 2011 Friday 3:35pm Williamas ir Kate. Šimtmečio meilės istorija (William & Kate: Love Story of The Century)
 Netherlands SBS6 27 April 2011 Wednesday 8:30pm William & Kate
 New Zealand TV One 30 April 2011 Saturday at 8:30pm William And Kate
 Peru Frecuencia Latina 1 May 2011 Sunday at 5:30pm William y Kate
 Philippines TV5 28 April 2011 Thursday at 4:00pm William & Kate
 Poland TVN 25 April 2011 Monday 8:00pm William i Kate
 Slovenia POP Brio 28 April 2011 Thursday at 8:00pm William in Kate
 United Kingdom Channel 5 24 April 2011 Sunday at 3.55pm William & Kate
 Uruguay Channel 10 27 April 2011 Wednesday at 10:30pm William y Kate, la boda real (William & Kate, the royal wedding)
 United States Lifetime 18 April 2011 Monday at 9:00pm William & Kate
 Spain Antena 3 26 April 2011 Tuesday at 10:00pm Guillermo y Kate: Una Historia Real


  1. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/apr/14/william-kate-movie-preview-royal-wedding
  2. ^ "'William & Kate' Actors Dish About Their Royal Wedding TV Movie". tvsquad.com. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Lifetime movie "William & Kate" to premiere in U.S. on April 18". xinhuanet.com. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Royal wedding set for Westminster Abbey on 29 April". BBC. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Wills and Kate: the inside story". iol.co.za. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Bates, Stephen (14 April 2011). "William and Kate: The Movie – so bad it'll probably be a smash". The Guardian (London). 
  7. ^ http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/royal-wedding-film-review-will-and-kate-122573
  8. ^ http://www.standard.co.uk/arts/film/first-review--william--kate-the-movie-is-a-classic-7282177.html
  9. ^ Gardiner, Stephanie (15 April 2011). "Critics pan 'pillow-bitingly ghastly' William and Kate film". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  10. ^ Gilbert, Matthew (18 April 2011). "Lifetime’s ‘William & Kate’ is a royal bore". Boston Globe. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  11. ^ Wigs Budget, I just play William at dailymail.co.uk
  12. ^ We are a little amused at dailymail.co.uk

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