April 29, will see the the royal wedding of London's Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Last week, Google announced the launch of official "royal wedding" web site hoste on Googke App Engine, and of new aerial imagery for London.
Today, saw a couple of more update, the St. James's Palace added Google Site Search to the royalwedding2011.org website, and also Google expands 3D imagery of central London's buildings and trees in Google Earth--including the entire royal procession route.
To see all the landmarks and greenery in Earth, check the 3D buildings box in the left-hand panel under "Layers," type "London" in the search bar on the top left and use the navigation controls in the upper right to zoom in, spin around and tilt the view. Or you can go to Earth View on Maps in your browser.
This new 3D data covering the royal procession route, you can indulge yourself in a "royals'-eye" view to see the same sights that William and Catherine will see. Upon departing Westminster Abbey, you'll pass the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, the famous ministries on Whitehall and the Prime Minister's residence at 10 Downing Street. Traverse Horse Guards Parade, and from there, you can travel down The Mall--with 3D trees lining the route--and see Buckingham Palace standing proudly at the finish.
This new 3D imagery isn't limited to the royal parade route. Thousands of buildings are available, so people from around the globe can digitally experience the beauty of London. You can view buildings such as the British Museum, a treasure trove of historical artifacts, Goodge Street tube station, where General Eisenhower commanded allied forces in WWII, and Shaftesbury Avenue, the historical theatre district of London.
Also turned St James' Park, Green Park and Hyde Park into a 3D lush green carpet, thanks to the help of our friends at the Royal Parks. And modeled 5 different species of trees, and virtually planted more than 12,000 individual trees (available in Google Earth 6).