The Sunday Times just now tweeted:

Kate astonished everyone in royal circles with how she handled their wedding in April 2011, watched by an estimated global audience of two billion.

New York Times back then

Viewing estimates for the ceremony, at 11 a.m. British time on the dot, hovered in the three billion range, give or take 500 million.

but it's mum on the sources of this number.

Is there any merit to this bombastic claim?

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    Yes, they're all good questions; I just thought it would be useful to cross-reference them, particularly the recently asked one about the boxing match.
    – IMSoP
    Jan 9 at 20:00
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    This link says 30 million but won't show the sources for free: statista.com/statistics/864195/royal-weddings-viewers
    – Ben Bolker
    Jan 9 at 21:45
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    The press likes to call the Duchess of Cambridge "Kate", maybe because it uses less letters. However, she and her family have always used "Catherine". It would not hurt anyone to be polite enough to use her preferred name.
    – RedSonja
    Jan 10 at 10:14
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    @RedSonja To be fair she used to go by Kate and she later asked that people refer to her as Catherine after she started a relationship with Prince William. At least that is my understanding. I am guessing some just keep calling her by what they knew of her in the past. marieclaire.co.uk/entertainment/…
    – Joe W
    Jan 10 at 18:51

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