As royal wedding day looms, Brits and Americans search for pictures of Kate

One of the top Google image search terms over the past seven days was the soon-to-be-married Kate Middleton, fiancée of Prince William.

Google Insights show that over the last seven days searches for images of William's bride increased 70 percent and the phrase "Kate Middleton" was the ninth most searched this week, below singer Jessie J but above football team Real Madrid.

Perhaps surprisingly given the amount of coverage the royal wedding is getting in the British press, the majority of image searches for the future princess came from within the UK, although a significant percentage also came from the United States.

Kate Middleton met Prince William while at the University of Saint Andrews, Scotland, in 2001. The couple announced their engagement in November 2010 and are due to get married April 29 at Westminster Abbey.

As of April 18, searching for the phrase "Kate Middleton" in Google images returns around 2,720,000 results.

The search terms, for images, with the most significant growth worldwide in the last seven days as measured by Google Insights, recorded on April 18 at 2pm GMT, are:

  1. sila sahin (breakout*)
  2. yuri gagarin (breakout*)
  3. charlie chaplin (+2,750%)
  4. maria menounos (+500%)
  5. sasha grey (+150%)
  6. ashley tisdale (+100%)
  7. jesse j (+90 %)
  8. ditto (+80%)
  9. kate middleton (+70%)
  10. real madrid (+60%)

*Breakout defines a search term that has experienced a change in growth greater than 5,000 percent.

 

 

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