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good morning, america. breaking overnight, killer tornadoes devastate dozens of cities and towns, across almost half the country. as we go on the air this morning, the death toll, more -- almost 200 and rising. >> this thing is huge. >> in tuscaloosa, alabama, this college town reduced to rubble. 200-mile-per-hour winds swept houses right off their foundation. targeting shopping malls and main street. look at this monster funnel bearing down on birmingham. and in mississippi, a storm chaser drives right into a twister. when it was over, homes, hotels and even this mcdonald's, flattened. this morning, we have complete coverage of one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks ever.
and we're live here in london. this morning, the soon-to-be princess arrives at westminster abbey for a final look. as will and kate release a touching statement and a new photo to the world. prince william calms any wedding jitters with a wild ride and playing soccer. we're live for the final wedding countdown. good morning to our viewers in the west. listen to that panting. it captures the terror that so many americans endured over night. dozens of gigantic tornadoes ripped right through the heartland. this morning, we're just beginning to get a sense of the scale of the destruction. here's a live picture of
tuscaloosa, alabama. the death toll across the country more than 200 right now. it continues to climb. we're in the middle of a huge weather crisis. 154 tornados in the last 24 hours. that brings the total over 600 for the month of april, a new record. and it's not over yet. atlanta and washington are in a tornado watch right now. and there's also warnings here in new york state. robin, i know you're over in london. you're preparing for the celebrations over there. but you're thinking hard about everything going on back here, including your home state of mississippi. >> george, you took the words right out of my mouth. we know there's a far more important story than what's happening here this morning. diane sawyer and barbara walters will join me in just a little bit live in london. we're thinking about all of those affected by the weather. we'll be back here in a moment, george. >> sam is tracking it across the country. and also, reporters in the hardest-hit areas. steve osunsami is in tuscaloosa, alabama. and they're saying this is the
most terrible thing to ever happen to that town. >> reporter: good morning, george. first responders who were here were so busy pulling the living from all of this debris, they were forced to ignore the dead. that's how bad this is. you can hear the sound of smoke detectors in the distance. but no one's here. there's the smell of death. across town, 16 people were killed. and most of them were killed in this neighborhood. so many families, so many people, whose lives were ruined. they were massive, truly massive tornadoes, nearly a mile wide, churning through homes. taking more than a dozen lives in tuscaloosa. another five dead here. six dead there. as the sirens sounded all across the state of alabama and parts of georgia. >> sounded like a bomb went off in the neighborhood. >> reporter: from the sky, it certainly looked like a bomb. >> it's devastating. just i'm in shock. >> reporter: this was the view
from surveillance video in covington, mississippi. this salvage yard didn't stand a chance. the storm forced forecasters in the national weather service in huntsville to leave their building and run for cover. west of huntsville, the power plant lost power. they had to fire up generators to keep the units safely running. late last night, the president and alabama's governor, quickly declared this a disaster zone. >> we're also going to send in national guard troops tonight and in the morning to many of the areas. at least 1,400 troops are going in. >> reporter: today, those troops will join firefighters and volunteers to search for survivors, like this young girl, who was pulled from underneath a large pile of bricks. survivors like patty perez. she was sandwiched in her flattened home. it took three men to pull her free. >> i couldn't get up. i was having them move stuff on top of me. and i got up. >> reporter: shameeka robinson ran inside this gas station for
cover. it was destroyed. somehow, she made it out alive. >> the ceiling collapsed on me. the door slammed back on me. >> reporter: george, they're saying that the storm that hit here, the tornado, had wind speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. >> okay, steve. thanks very much. the devastation swept across georgia, as well. yunji de nies is there. she's in northwest georgia. yunji? >> reporter: good morning, george. those same storms started to hit here around 7:00. and they continued all through the night. this is what they left behind. you can see this was a gas station shop. the roof was completely ripped off. and all of the inside of the store, torn away. this is what's left of the gas station. hardly recognizable. just the awning left. everything else completely destroyed. when you go down that road, the devastation just continues for miles. it was just after dinner time when these deadly tornadoes
moved from alabama to northwest georgia, plowing through everything in their path. >> i've been here 51 years. and i've never seen anything like this before in my life. >> reporter: as the fierce storm tore through businesses and homes, some residents were fortunate enough to receive warning. >> we were watching tv. it said seek shelter. so, we came up here and find the closest strong building. >> reporter: here, in ringgold, georgia, a direct hit and a state of emergency. dozens of businesses destroyed, including a block of stores where several structures collapsed. this super 8 motel, devastated. and this mcdonald's, shredded. >> all of the restaurants, all the buildings, the power lines. >> reporter: emergency crews scrambled overnight to rescue the injured and search for survivors still trapped inside. and right now, the death count here in georgia stands at 11.
george, in that mcdonald's and that super 8, all in that area, search and rescue teams are still working. we were in that area earlier. but we were told to leave. they are worried that they will find more bodies. >> yunji, thanks for that. sam has been tracking this all night. it's hard to wrap your head around the scale of these storms. >> george, the fact that it's still happening this morning. we're updating the count as we speak. we're at 160 tornadoes out of this outbreak so far. but let me show you some incredible pictures that have come from this. let's start with tuscaloosa area. we'll take you to highway 5920 around exit 73. this is mcfarland kind of boulevard through that area. we're going to show you an incredible, up-close picture. take a look. come on in with the camera. as i play this, you'll see something amazing on the edge of the tornado. look at that right there. that is a large chunk of roof. it's a huge piece of debris that's rotating around the outside of this tornado. very rarely do you ever see anything like that.
and when you look at it, you're not seeing a lot of debris until you zoom in here. and the guy working the camera, zooms in and shows you the debris field dotted. these are not small pieces. they are giant pieces of debris, flying around the tornado that was described as a mile wide, at some point. here's the signature hook echo. you're looking at tuscaloosa. when we put this in play, this is the radar from the past, overnight tonight. this thing travels on the ground from birmingham to georgia here. this is about 173 miles of travel on that. 218 miles on the ground, the longest-running tornado ever in history, in 1925. this storm had a hook echo all the way to north carolina. we may now have the longest running tornado on the ground in american history. george? >> sam, thanks very much. i'm joined by sharyn alfonsi right now. we've seen some of the pictures at the top of the program. sharyn, but as we see in so many of these crises, home video that really gives a feel for what was happening on the ground. >> we've been covering all of that video. it's unbelievable, the sights and the sounds, not just from storm chases. but people on the roads and in their home, awe struck, the cameras rolling.
>> we're going to stay with this as long as we keep power. >> reporter: as the storm came in. >> this is the creepiest thing i've ever seen. it's just about to hit the airport. >> reporter: realization, this was not a typical storm. >> this is an extraordinarily dangerous storm. >> reporter: an ominous boom in the distance. >> we should go. holy -- we should go. >> reporter: some witnesses, gripped by the power of the storm, couldn't turn away. >> look, baby. there's the tornado. do you see it? >> where? >> there. >> wow. >> that's crazy. >> that is huge. >> it's carrying debris with it. >> reporter: the damage, coming into focus. police scanners blaring, as fire crews race to emergency after emergency.
the sights and sounds of a historic storm. that will never be forgotten. some of those people storm chasers. but you can hear they're breathless, having never see anything like this before. everybody who shot this, was amazingly close. but they're all okay. that's one piece of good news. >> thanks, very much. we're joined by the governor of alabama, robert bentley. governor, thank you so much for taking the time this morning. we're so sorry for what you're going through right now. >> well, thank you, george. there is some massive devastation out there. and we have some people that are hurting. and we'll be out in just a few minutes, in all of north alabama, looking at this. >> we just cannot get over those pictures from tuscaloosa. the town's completely devastated. >> it is. and of course, that's my hometown. and of course, i'm in montgomery. but i'm from tuscaloosa. so, i know exactly where it hit.
so, we had some massive devastation there. it was a very large tornado that hit tuscaloosa. >> and that is, of course, a university town. any word from the campus this morning? >> there is. i spoke with the president last night, president witt. the campus itself is okay. there's very little structural damage. most of the damage occurred offcampus. and we do have some loss of lives of students that lived offcampus. and we expect that total to rise today. we have 15 confirmed dead in tuscaloosa, but we expect to be higher than that. >> we are so sorry for that. i know you also spoke to president obama last night. and he's issued a state of emergency for the state of alabama. what do you need from the federal government right now? >> well, of course, right now, it's search and rescue. right now, we're making sure that we find those that are injured and take care of those. and those that are deceased,
taking care of their bodies. so, that's what we're most interested in right now. and then, we'll take it step-by-step, as we take care of this situation. the president was very gracious last night. i spoke with the president last night. he was very gracious and said that he would send any help that we needed. >> so, we should expect, as the day goes on, as you said, the death toll is likely to climb. and the scale of the destruction, likely to increase by great measure, right? >> that's right. we have 128 confirmed dead at the present time. and we expect, unfortunately, that total to rise. >> governor, thank you for taking your time this morning. our condolences to you. and all the people in the state of alabama right now. >> thank you, george. >> okay. let's go back to robin in london. robin? >> george, there are a lot of southerners who have made the trip here to london. and we all have heavy hearts
this morning knowing what's going on back at home. and here in london, a lot happening. the formal changing of the guard, taking place right now at buckingham palace. diane sawyer is going to join us in just a moment. let's begin with our team of abc news correspondents on the streets here in london, beginning with nick watt also here at the palace. nick? >> reporter: the crowds are big today, but wait until tomorrow. they will be enormous. they have just released the program for the wedding. and here are some of the juicest details. this morning, kate, best man harry and the bridesmaids were at the abbey for a final rehearsal before they do this all for real. late last night, kate and wills snuck in a side door for a final run-through. what's that? we have seen that official program. we know kate will not obey william. but will promise to love, honor, comfort and keep him.
her brother, james, will give the only reading. no pressure. tomorrow, the world will be watching. they're already amassing outside from across the globe. >> whether it's raining, snow or what, this is an event that you do not want to miss. >> reporter: william spent his second-last day as a single guy, keeping it real, playing soccer with his buddies. before screeching back, almost incognito to the palace on his lovely italian motorcycle. there's kate dad, going into the hotel, where she'll sleep tonight. the princess is carrying garment bags? >> privately, there's nothing particularly princessy about kate. she's no-frills. she wouldn't stand there and expect ladies in waiting to carry her bags for her. that might come when she's marries into the family. >> reporter: this morning, a new mario testino portrait. he was diana's and now william's favorite photographer. in that official program, a message from the couple.
the affection shown to us by so many people during our engagement has been incredibly moving and has touched us both deeply. we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone most sincerely for their kindness. >> and we'll have more from nick a little bit. he said about the prince and princess, soon to be, talking about their kindness. chris cuomo is here with us. not everyone is so kind right now. security extremely tight. >> for all of the planning, security is at the utmost concern. we know there's going to be about 6,000 officers. how they deploy. they're using a very innovative chain of command here. it's a big headline. even to the smallest detachment, someone will have the ability to make an assessment of the situation and act. in a big group like this, that's key, especially in a hazardous material situation. they've had need. over the last few days they've been doing as many as 25 bomb runs a day. and the number has been
increasing. many of them are hoaxes, driven by anarchists and people wanting to frustrate their efforts. authorities say it's been vexing for them. there's also the question of how they will protect the royals. obviously, william and kate will be in a carriage. others will be open and exposed. we now know there will be special purpose built vehicles just steps away to save them. a lot of layers of protection here. they're ready. >> there's some that we don't know about and shouldn't know about. >> right. part of it is all of the people that are coming here. more than 500,000 visitors, not just talking about locals, that will be here for friday's ceremony, all leading up to westminster abbey. that's where we find our colleague, david muir. david? >> reporter: robin, good morning. great to see you. as you know, robin, they are lined up by the thousands here. they're living in tents right outside the abbey. this time tomorrow, the new couple will be leaving the abbey. and deborah from new hampshire, brought a painting. what's your message? >> americans wish you well. >> reporter: you see this everywhere. thanks for showing us that. nancy behind us is from california. when did you set up shop here?
>> a day ago. >> reporter: a day ago. and you have the prime view of the new couple. you watched charles and diana from the states? >> yes. i was up the whole night. watched everything. yes. >> reporter: that's what you hear so often, robin. is that so many of the americans are here because they want to see diana's son get married. of course, america watched as this nation here lost princess diana in 1997. and they're here to celebrate the fact that their son has found love right here in the abbey, this time tomorrow morning. robin, back over to you. >> yeah, david. a lot of people share that sentiment about diana's son. diane sawyer of "world news," has made the trip over here. great to see you. >> great to see you. >> great to see you, my friend. and you were talking about what it must be like behind the palace doors. >> exactly. i was looking at the palace. there are 52 bedrooms, 75 bathrooms. more than 700 windows that they clean every, single week. we keep thinking how magnificent it would be. but we know from diana and
so many others what it is to choose the life. and it's a whole life of propriety and of obligation. we're going to take you tonight on "world news," to that choice, that moment. and see if you would make that choice at home. >> it's probably generational. i would think that many of us who got up to watch diana get married because of the fairy tale. but younger kids probably don't have the same view. >> we've done something fascinating. and i can't wait to show you, especially, this tonight. we went around the world. and we sat all these kids down and said, tell us what it is to be a princess. draw it for us. tell us what they do. one of my favorite answers came from a little boy this morning. and he said to be a prince, is to have refrigerators with lots of lasagna. >> that could be it. >> and i have to say, of all the random things to associate with royalty, i think that might be the most random yet. >> i think so. it's the changing of the guard,
still taking place. >> they're all just back from afghanistan. that was what they decided for this moment. they would all be just back. with the dust on their faces, from afghanistan. >> we can never lose sight of that, can we? i know that you have a busy day. >> i do. >> and you will be on "world news" and you'll be leading our coverage at 4:00 a.m. let's get back down to sam with the weather in times square. >> hey, robin. just looking at the map here. this morning we have severe thunderstorm watches and warnings, tornado watches and warnings that extend from central georgia all the way to new york state. we have tornado warnings into maryland. let's look at these storms. 600 reports of severe weather overnight. 160 tornado reports. the death count will continue to go up as they find more there. we're well over 170 and expected to stay in that zone and much above. from tallahassee, to savannah, to jacksonville, columbus, raleigh, washington, d.c., new york city, all of these areas will see strong to severe thunderstorms today. is there a possibility of
tornados? we think in this zone, from georgia, south carolina to north carolina, the possibility for tornados in those areas, strong to severe thunderstorms still exist for a good part of the day. a lot of the watches and warnings that are out are out until the noon hour. and remember, we have a pretty big zone in the middle of the country. 20 states are under flood watches and warnings, from thunderstorms and thunder showers that have been going over those areas for weeks. we'll talk about all of that in the next half hour.
gusts over the open bodies of water. calmer and warmer and storm track today to the north and rain stays out of the forecast. temperatures in the mid-to upper 50s on the coast and low to mid60 bay shore . we'll calm a bit tonight. inland valleys dipping in the upper 30s. by next week. temperatures welll above average. >> all of america's weather in the next half hour. george? >> thank you, sam. and coming up, all the latest on the deadly tornadoes tearing up so much of the country. we're going to go back to tuscaloosa, where the stories of tragedy and survival, including what happened at that college campus there. and we'll continue live here in london. barbara walters will be joining me in this half hour. going to take us behind the scenes at westminster abbey. in fact, kate middleton is there this morning. a final check before the wedding tomorrow.
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and you are looking at more pictures coming in, showing the destruction caused by those tornadoes that ripped through so much of the country overnight. the south, the east and the midwest. we have horrifying scenes of devastation. and we're just beginning to get a sense of how many people's lives were ripped apart. the death toll, right now, around 2020 right now. it is continuing to climb. and we have all the latest this morning. first, let's get to steve osunsami in tuscaloosa, alabama. that town was hit hardest of all. some there saying this is the worst thing that has happened to tuscaloosa. >> reporter: good morning, george. it is amazing. we now know 128 people confirmed
dead. and that number is expected to rise, as authorities begin sifting through all of this debris. when you look at it, it really is quite amazing. there's a bed, what's left of a trunk case here, and shoes. some person's life just scattered about. we're told that the storm that hit here probably had wind speeds of 200 miles per hour. it was enough to levee all of these homes here. the president has declared this a disaster emergency. as we drove through town last night, it was nothing but darkness. power is out to hundreds of thousands of people across this region, who were watching the skies last night because there were so many tornado warnings and sirens blaring. we're also hearing all kinds of stories of survival. one woman who jumped into her tub just as her house was exploding. and another young man who was hanging on to the toilet, praying to god that he would be saved. and he is alive today. george?
we're joined now by mayor walt maddox, of tuscaloosa. thanks for coming in this morning. it sure seems like your city got the worst of this. >> we were hammered yesterday afternoon. as of 5:00 a.m. this morning, we have 32 confirmed fatalities. over 600 citizens have been treated at the tch regional medical center. and we've lost operational use of two of our major water tanks in the eastern portion of the city. so, it's been a devastating blow to the people of this community. >> what do you need right now? >> we need men, materials and equipment. we are -- our system is overwhelmed. the tornado took out a major nerve center of the city. our environmental services department, how we pick up debris, trash. it's gone. and the police that we have, the vehicles are gone. so, we're going to be working with governor bentley and getting the resources, the national guard and other resources, through the state.
>> i was talking to governor bentley earlier this morning. he said the devastation also hit many students at the university. >> we did have students. i know of a shelter that housed well over 200 students last night. we had shelters throughout the city, where we had hundreds, possibly thousands staying. we have hundreds, and i probably think the number will go into thousands of homes and businesses, that were either destroyed or severely damaged in yesterday's storm. >> i know this is the toughest situation for tuscaloosa. hang in there. our hearts are with you. >> i appreciate that, george. >> the pictures are so hard to absorb. but we want to go back to london right now, where robin roberts is anchoring the coverage. hey, robin. >> seeing the pictures over here, so hard for all of us to take. we're back here live outside buckingham palace, where the changing of the guard had been completed. westminster abbey is not far away. and later in this half hour, barbara walters will take us
behind the scenes there. kate middleton is there, going through last-minute checks. she was there yesterday with william. again, getting everything set for, we're less than 24 hours away from the wedding. how are things going to unfold? bianna golodryga is back with us. military precision, it seems. >> reporter: this has been choreographed down to the last second. 8:15 to 9:45, most of the 1,900 guests will be arriving. prince william will be arriving 30 minutes arriving. kate middleton will be leaving her hotel at 10:49 a.m., on her way to becoming a princess. friday morning, the world spotlight shines on westminster abbey. and what a celebration it will be. it all begins at 10:15 london time, when the state car fleet begins to arrive, carrying prince william, and his best man, prince harry. prince charles and camilla follow. and last to arrive, at 10:45, prince philip and the queen. throughout it all, for three
hours, the abbey's grand bells will toll. >> the guys that are tolling the bells, their arms won't get tired. electronic, it's pulling up and down. >> reporter: all setting the stage for the most anticipated moment of the day. the one we all remember from princess diana's wedding, when we first saw that magnificent dress. and after a short drive with her father from the goring hotel, at 10:58 a.m., kate will finally reveal hers. >> i think the reason that kate's been so determined to keep the designer under wraps is because she generally wants to surprise prince william on the day. she wants him to turn around and say wow. >> reporter: inside the abbey, 1,900 guests away. including 44 royals sitting opposite the spencer family. the couple's friends, spread throughout the church. and the best seats for the family of the bride and groom. the middletons on the left. the royal family on the right. the queen always seated last. you won't see william, kept
secluded in st. edmund's chapel with harry. he won't see kate, as she walks down the abbey in four minutes. with four bridesmaid. and four pages following behind. the marriage ceremony happens here in the sacrarium. >> there will be applause along the route. there will be loudspeakers. they'll be able to hear it. >> reporter: afterwards, the newlyweds share their only private moment, signing the wedding register inside of the chapel of edward the confessor. at 12:15 local time, kate and william take their carriage ride. it ends at buckingham palace, where they will wait in the center room, before walking out on the balcony for that iconic kiss. >> the balcony appearance. and the kiss. everybody waiting for the kiss. >> these two will also be waiting to see that kiss, no doubt. our royal contributors.
duncan larcombe, who is the royal editor of "the sun" newspaper. and our good friend, tina brown. less than 24 hours to go now. they're going to spend the last night with their families. what are you hearing? >> it's a split-up situation tonight. that's kind of fun. the middleton will be all together at the goring hotel. the queen is going off to the mandarin oriental hotel. but it's the royal staff tied up with the royal festivities. so, she has to entertain at the mandarin oriental hotel. all of the different royals in town. >> duncan, what are you hearing? >> i'm hearing that camilla has been asked -- she decided to go and join the guys at the mandarin hotel, where she will stay tonight. and she won't be joining prince charles. he'll have an evening and a night with his sons, on their own. >> a night with the boys. very nice. where are you hearing that the royal couple may be living at? >> the latest we're hearing now, is william has done a u turn, and is opting for kensington
palace, princess diana's old home. it's princess margaret's old apartment there. >> we were there live on tuesday. how about you, the pictures we're seeing of both of them, cool as cucumbers. >> very attractive and very relaxed. the middleton family is a close family. kate has all this wonderful family support. and i think it's touching that will is having dinner with his father and his brother. there's a lot of family support coming through, which i think is quite different than from the diana days. her family was a splitup situation. >> part of the reason we won't be hearing from her family at the wedding? they don't have a speaking role. >> they don't have a speaking role. and they're not really part of this situation. >> we're also hearing, duncan, you were telling us -- we had a fabulous dinner last night. it was very nice.
and you said you were going to have news for us about the royal couple coming to the united states of america? >> yes. good news for you guys. part of their first overseas tour in july. they're going to spend ten days in canada and then los angeles, i believe. >> any word on when they will be in l.a.? >> something around the 10th of july. >> duncan, thank you for sharing that. tina, we'll have you back a little later. get some final thoughts. >> and she will whirl around the dance floor with charlie sheen, right? >> i don't know about that. you never know what she's going to say. let's get back to sam with the weather. sam? >> hey, robin. we're going to jump back down to the southeast for the unbelievable events overnight. remember, this is the intersection of 59 and 20 and mcfarland in that area. we showed you the tornado. based on the damage in that area, we're looking at probably an ef-4 tornado, with 168-mile-per-hour to 200-mile-per-hour winds. able to destroy homes and wipe
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back live, here in london, england. of course, less than 24 hours, now, until the wedding between kate middleton and prince william. and barbara walters will be co-anchoring the live coverage tomorrow, with diane, beginning at 4:00 a.m. eastern time. you better get your rest tonight. it will be a long one. but westminster abbey, it's been such a special place for the royals over the years. >> it's had 38 coronations. and tomorrow will be the 16th royal wedding. i had an opportunity to visit. it was awe-inspiring. let me tell you how people will be sitting. so, next to the altar, on the right, will be the queen and the royal family. okay? and the royals behind her, visiting royals. on the left, the middletons. then, there's the choir. it's a big choir. the people sitting behind the choir will not be able to see the altar too much. so, there are television screens. and they can watch most of it on television. >> like the rest of us. >> like the rest of us.
they'll see a little bit of the bride, as she walks out. but there's also loudspeakers outside, so everybody can hear the hymns and the chorus. it's quite a place, as kate and william will see. ♪ the place where william's grandmother, elizabeth, was coronated. also where the queen mother died and was eulogized in death. and sadly, where his mother, princess diana, was mourned. but royal weddings in the abbey are new. new, meaning this century. >> queen victoria wasn't married in the abbey. >> reporter: many of the weddings happened here. with the most notable exception, william's parents, diana and charles, were married at
st. paul's cathedral, a much larger church. >> in so many ways, william is trying to avoid the hysteria that happened with his parents' wed i wedding. scale things down. >> reporter: scaled down, maybe. when i stood inside westminster abbey, for our abc special on the royal engagement, i was in awe of the stunning grandeur. >> much of the kings and queens are buried. queen elizabeth and mary queen of scots ii. it's extraordinary overall decoration. there's no area which isn't covered by painting, sculpture, stained glass. >> when you enter westminster abbey, you see a succession of arches and pillars. and must be formidable if you are the center of attention.
if you are the kate middleton of the day. >> reporter: for kate middleton and her braids maids, it will be a four-minute walk to the altar. four minutes through history. the deeming of westminster, dr. john hall, will conduct the service. are you nervous? >> i feel even slightly nervous now. >> reporter: i think it will be easier. >> i shall feel a little nervous. but i think excitement and nerves are pretty close. >> the monarchy is all about what we experience in westminster abbey, which is the miracle, and sadness of death, and new generation of life, that is symbolized in a wedding. >> oh. absolutely breathtaking. and we're hearing a little about the vows tomorrow. >> we know, now, that kate will not promise to obey. instead, she will vow to love, comfort, honor and keep her husband. princess diana did not use the
word obey. sarah ferguson did. both marriages ended in divorce. it doesn't matter very much, i guess, what you say, vow. obey, do not obey. you just have to hope for a good marriage. >> we do wish that for them, as always. we'll see you live, 4:00 a.m., co-anchoring with diane sawyer, our live coverage. >> all day long, the wedding 237. >> we look forward to that, barbara. still to come on "good woman: till all the books are read... man: and all the pens are put down... woman: and everything there is to learn is learned. man: till the heroes retire and the monsters return to their dens... woman: and all the plots are wrapped up. man: till that day... boy: by hook or by crook... girl: by book or by nook... woman: i will read.
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good morning to all of our viewers in the west. pictures continue to come in of the aftermath of the killer tornados that plowed through the south overnight. striking five states. the death toll above 200. it continues to climb. and we're going to head to tuscaloosa and northern georgia, where neighborhoods have been reduced to rubble. houses torn off foundations. cars flipped over. we're going to go now to robin roberts. robin, this is one of those mornings when we're trying to wrap our head around the different experiences. so much cleanup, death and devastation over here. >> i know. but you know what? it helps us really keep things in true perspective and the right perspective there, george.
and things are a bit subdued here this morning because we are thinking about all those that are affected. and some think we were making a big deal whether or not it was going to rain or not on the wedding. again, what we saw overnight, brings it back to a reality check. we have the journey that kate middleton, when she enters westminster abbey tomorrow. she will enter as a commoner. and she will leave as a princess. what does that journey -- what does it feel like? what is that all about? we're going to try our best to examine that. we have colleen harris, who is the former press secretary for prince charles, prince william and prince harry. she'll have unique perspective for us, coming up, too, george. >> all that coming up. we hope it doesn't rain there tomorrow. we're going to return to the tornadoes. our reporters are in two of the hardest-hit areas. let's start with steve osunsami in tuscaloosa, alabama. steve? >> reporter: good morning, george. as the light rises, we're starting to see more of the
damage here. and we're starting to see more people coming to take a look. we haven't yet seen families. but there's one thing did catch my eye as we were looking through this. sometimes it's the smallest things that say the most. it's someone's ring. someone who lived here. yet another sign of everything that was lost here. they were massive. truly massive tornadoes, nearly a mile wide. churning through homes. taking more than a dozen lives in tuscaloosa. >> we were hammered yesterday afternoon. within the city, we still have 44,216 homes without power. and we've lost operational use of two of our major water tanks in the eastern portion of the city. >> reporter: another five dead here. six dead there. as the sirens sounded all across the state of alabama and parts of georgia. >> it's almost as if a bomb went
off in the neighborhood. >> reporter: from the sky, it certainly looked like a bomb. >> it's devastating. it's just -- i'm in shock. >> reporter: this was the view from surveillance video in covington, mississippi. this salvage yard didn't stand a chance. the storm forced forecasters at the national weather service in huntsville to leave their building and run for cover. west of huntsville, the browns berry nuclear power plant lost power. they had to fire up generators to keep the units safely running. last night, the president and alabama's governor, quickly declared this a disaster zone. >> there is devastation out there. and we have some people hurting. and we'll be out in just a few minutes, in all of north alabama. >> reporter: today, those troops will join firefighters and volunteers to search for survivors, like this young girl, who was pulled from underneath a large pile of bricks. survivors like patty perez. she was sandwiched in her flattened home. it took three men to pull her free. >> i couldn't get up. i was having to move stuff off of me. i got up.
>> reporter: shameeka robinson ran inside this gas station for cover. it was destroyed. somehow, she made it out alive. >> the ceiling collapsed on me. the door slammed back on me. >> reporter: authorities tell us they plan to continue here with more search and rescues. and they're hoping, george, for many more rescues. >> we hope so, too. okay, steve. thanks very much. let's now go to yunji de nies. she's in ringgold, georgia. >> reporter: good morning, george. the storms started and continued throughout the night. at night, we don't know how many people were injured or may have been killed. take a look at this convenient store. the roof has been completely ripped off. and what's amazing is there is almost nothing left on the shelves. everything has been sucked out. this is the wall that once stood here. completely knocked down. if you come with me over here, you can see, that's roof, or at least part of it. a lot of it, frankly, is just gone. down that way is the rest of
this town. and that's really where most of the devastation, the really concentrated part is. that's where authorities don't want us right now because they're doing search and rescue missions. and they're afraid they're going to find more deceased victims. out of respect for them, they've asked the media to stay away. you can take a look at this. this is what's left of the gas station. obviously, these folks have a lot to clean up, george. these were very, very powerful storms. let me bring in crystal paulk-buchanan, with the georgia emergency management. we saw how devastated ringgold is. i know you've been talking with the county emergency agencies all across the state. what's the latest on how hard georgia was hit? >> it was a devastating storm last night. and we're getting, as day breaks, reporting from across the state. about 20 counties are currently reporting some type of damage. spalding county was hit -- a little bit was after.
ringgold. and it sustained some very significant damage. right now, we have some objectives for the state and county agencies. and the first one is search and rescue. getting people recovered and safe in hospitals, if necessary. and getting -- in order to do that, we've got to get the roads cleared. so, we're going to be focusing on that this morning. >> do you have any sense this morning yet of how many people might have died in the storm? >> you know, it's fluid. right now, we're -- it's confirmed ten. unfortunately, that could change as we get more reports later this morning. it's been a devastating storm. and there's been great losses. >> there sure has. and you said you're focusing on search and rescue right now. the director of the federal emergency management agency is coming out and talking about the federal government efforts. what's the most important thing you need right now from the federal government? >> right now, you know, that's a
big question for us to be thinking about. but i think, right now, we're going to focus on getting people safe. and then, we'll look at what other stuff. but right now, our focus is making sure that the public and the population is safe. >> all right. get back to work. thanks for taking time talking to us this morning. thanks, mrs. buchanan. >> absolutely. now, to sam and the weather. >> we call these outbreaks because they throw tornadoes out. we're at about 160 tornadoes on the count here. if this holds, this would be the fourth or fifth in volume of tornado outbreaks in the u.s. but there's other records that this outbreak will set. we'll show you quickly some pictures of the storms as it came through the university law parking lot. it's been described about a mile wide. the debris field flying outside of the tornado. just an incredible sight. pictures that you're sending us on twitter and facebook. and folks in the field are
e-mailing us. we'll show you the complete devastation. for a storm to be able to take a house off its foundation, we're talking about what's probably about 160-mile-per-hour to 200-mile-per-hour winds that would make it somewhere around an ef-4 tornado. and that's what we think we're going to see. but remember, the national weather service will be out for the next few days, maybe more than a week, surveying all of the damage from all of these storms and classifying each other one them, as the strength of the storm and how long it tracked. we'll know better when they get a look at that. look at the storms rolling through this morning. very active strong to severe weather along the eastern seaboard. that's from new york state down to florida today. we have 20 states flooding from heavy rain in the middle of the country. gusts over the open bodies of water. calmer and warmer and storm track today to the north and rain stays out of the forecast. temperatures in the mid-to upper 50s on the coast and low
to mid60 bay shore . we'll calm a bit tonight. inland valleys dipping in the upper 30s. by next week. temperatur >> of course, "gma" is your home for all of the coverage of what's going on across the atlantic. our robin is there this morning. good morning, robin. >> good morning, sam. i want to say something to you. i really appreciated how you tweeted for people to be safe. and if they could, to tweet some of their pictures. and it's so powerful, when you see pictures from people that are out in that -- those kinds of areas, sam. >> yeah. last night, robin, we were getting a lot of action on twitter. people even asking us, because these are areas that haven't had tornados, what to do. we're telling them where to go if they don't have a basement. where to go for safety last night. it was kind of an incredible conversation. >> i was part of it. and i have to agree. thanks, as always, sam. we'll get back to you in a little bit. i'm here, as you said, live in london. and colleen harris is joining me
now. former press secretary of prince charles, prince william, and prince harry. how is it going for you? >> well, fine. i think there's more activity and nervousness outside of the palace, than there probably is inside the palace. >> really? i hope so. as we were talking earlier, colleen, you strip it away. it's a man and a woman getting married. >> absolutely. >> and that's what we should remember. >> absolutely. this is a very personal and intimate day for two, young people that have found love, which is wonderful. we all cherish that and celebrate it. but they have to be part of this big pomp and circumstance of a day, as well. but within that, they want to try and find some way to have a memorable, intimate, private day, just for the two of them. >> you know what i've always been struck by, among many things, is that prince william, he seems like he always wants to do the right thing. yes, he's young. but he understands what it means
to be a royal. and what you should do. >> but it wasn't always like that, robin. >> no? >> he was a teenager, just like every other teenager. and there were moments when he did say no. but i think over the years, he's matured. he addresses his duty. and he knows what he has to do. but it's taken time. and i think that's with the support of his father and other people around him that love him and have cared for him. he has accepted his role. and he's going to perform it to the fullest he can, i think in the future. >> i think a lot of parents were going to rerack that and play it for their children. see? they can change and learn how to mature. >> absolutely. >> we hear it's going to be a boys' night. that camilla is going to let charles be with his sons. and just have a night themselves. >> i think that's really lovely, actually. that's really generous of camilla, as well, to do that. and to give the prince time to spend with his two sons.
they can have a good heart-to-heart and a chat. and they will look forward to the joyous time to come. >> will they be thinking about diana? >> i'm sure. i'm sure it will cross their minds, as well. and they will touch on that. this is a landmark occasion when you want both parents there. i'm sure there will be some kind of acknowledgment. of course, they'll then go on to rib each other. lots of jokes. lots of laughter. the usual wales' household, i think. >> thank you. we needed to hear that and have a unique perspective. thank you, colleen. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. also, kate middleton. everyone's like, what is she going to wear? what about her hair? and supposedly, she told her stylist that she wanted prince william to be able to recognize her. some brides, you don't know who they look like. we have bianna golodryga looking at kate's bridal style. >> reporter: kate middleton has beautiful hair among her
many beautiful features. crowd consensus here. katie nicholl and i teamed up and visited the same hairdresser that kate middleton goes to all the time. ♪ kate middleton's luscious locks are the subject of countless beauty blogs. the object of global envy. and the establishment behind the hair is kate's favorite salon, richard ward, in the middle of central london. >> richard ward. >> reporter: joined by royal contributor, katie nicholl, i decided to take an inside peek at the place. hello. doing our hair for the day, richard himself and master stylist, james price. after being shown into the salon bar, where clients are invited to wait for their appointments, we were shampooed in plush chairs. and then the styling began.
and he explained kate's look. >> long layers. >> reporter: kate's look is effortless, causing many to speculate just how effortless her look will be on the big day. on the internet and in women's magazines, the debate rages on. will she wear her hair up? down? or half-up and half-down? and while james and richard are believed to know exactly how she will wear it, since they will be the duo working on her hair, they kept mum about the wedding plans. james has come to know kate's hair very well. he started doing it after first working on kate's mother. he clearly has a fondness for her and her down-to-earth ways. the future princess is so normal, james said, she doesn't get her hair done in private. she sits in the salon, with all of the other clients. >> she always insists on being treated the same as everyone else. >> reporter: so, i could be sitting in the exact seat she gets her hair blown out. wow. >> you are. >> reporter: i am sitting in the seat. fantastic.
and speaking of fantastic, check out my blowout. i loved what james did with my hair. katie was equally pleased with hers. we may be commoners. but thanks to richard and james, we were queens for one fabulous afternoon. i'm ready for a wedding. >> me, too. >> reporter: i could do this every day. if not a queen, maybe i was a princess for one afternoon. here's an example of how timing is everything. i was a little late to the salon appointment. katie nicholl, as she opened the door, who comes out? but kate middleton's father, who was there getting his hair cut. as well as her brother, amazing. >> i know. katie says they were so lovely. absolutely down-to-earth. all right, bianna. thank you very much. so, what's it like to be a commoner and then a princess? a real fairy tale story. we'll share that when we come back live, from london. princess? a real fairy tale story. we'll share that when we come back live, from london. oh wow, look at that. [ shrek ] calm down donkey.
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katie nicholl is here with that side of the story. good morning, katie. >> good morning. it is a fairy tale. and kate's story, from commoner to princess, from her hometown of berkshire, to here, to buckingham palace, is quite extraordinary. look at this. call it "pride and prejudice" for the 23rd century. catherine middleton is jane austin's crowd commoner. and prince william, is the upper-crust mr. darcie. right down to the mother, with designs of marrying her daughters off and moving up the social ladder. of course, the modern version has no pride to keep these two apart. but when it comes to kate's middle-class background, there is a touch of prejudice. >> kate is a commoner. she's cinderella who managed to get to the ball. >> reporter: kate was born in the rural county of berkshire, about 20 minutes away from london, and a world away from william's posh lifestyle.
michael and carole middleton, earning a decent living at u.s. airways. the middletons will not be to the manor born. but kate grew up with privilege. their home, up for sale for $1 million. >> they're friendly. >> reporter: but kate's life became more posh, when her parents launched a successful, party-planning business. they moved to the upscale town of buckleby, when she was 13. and kate, younger sister pippa and older brother, james, attended the school. >> there, she would be going in with other people in william's circle. and going to the university like he did. >> reporter: all according to plan. carole middleton, encouraging her daughter to land the prince. >> it is a family on the make, it is said. >> reporter: so much so, the middleton girls are known as the
wisteria sisters, being fragrant enwith the ability to climb. kate landon on prince william's radar. ordinarily, it would be extraordinary for someone of kate's background to meet the prince. >> reporter: kate was on the road to the palace, all-being a long, winding one that would take two breakups and eight years. she got to know the ways of william's world. >> i got to know the ropes. but now, i'm willing to learn quickly. and work hard. >> reporter: and though she's the first commoner to marry into the royal family since the 17th century, she's proving that it doesn't take blue blood to be a princess. maybe just a killer, blue dress. >> got a nice, blue dress on underneath there. >> a little bit of royal blue. >> much is being made about her being a commoner. is she really.
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upper 60s. low to mid-60s on the bay and mid-50s in san francisco. accu-weather forecast and warmer by the ♪ such a majestic setting. and i have to tell you, if you are among the lucky 1,900 people invited to the wedding, don't worry if you still don't know what to wear. we have our dynamic duo, nick watt and bianna golodryga, to show off royal style. i want to talk just a moment here, george. time to breathe for a moment. we're finally here. it's going to be at 6:00 a.m., the actual ceremony will be at 6:00 a.m. eastern time. 11:00 a.m., approximately, here in london. and i keep thinking about diana. i'm not trying to make comparisons between princess
diana and kate middleton. two totally different and separate people. but the last time, seeing prince william walking behind his mother's casket, coming out of the abbey. and to know that he will be all-smiles. it does go on. >> it does. it's impossible not to think about that, especially when you look in the eyes of william and kate. and they both, in so many ways, have echoes of diana, both in the way they look and in their personalities. you know, this is something, as we say, we've been building up to so long. a family that we feel we have known for so long and grown up with in so many ways. >> exactly. >> you know what i'm going to miss? i'm going to miss the bianna/nick show, watching those two go at it. >> well, since you brought that up, george, we have another installment of that for you right now. i'm going to peer over my shoulder. and i can see nick watt and bianna golodryga. no telling what they're up to this time. guys? >> reporter: that's right,
robin. he is my partner in crime here in london. and 2 billion people from around the world will be watching what william and kate are wearing. they will also be watching what the guests are wearing, as well. i turn to nick watt to help us out. >> i'm no tim gunn. i come from the other end of being accused of being a terrible dresser. so, we really felt we needed to go to the experts to find out what we can wear to this wedding. what we can wear that won't have the british people laughing at us. ah, the royal wedding. >> reporter: on friday, 1,900 guests will convene in westminster abbey, to see prince william and kate middleton wed. that can only beg one question. what does one wear to a royal wedding. nick, you live here. help us out. >> the brits are snippy. and wedding garb is a mine
field. but we're at selfridges, and they will help us out. >> reporter: i found out from sophie, in a dressing for a royal wedding is no easy matter. which dresses do you think i should try on? because the wedding will take place at westminster abbey, sleeves for women are a do. this could take care of the sleeveless problem. looking too sexy is a don't. >> quite sexy for a royal wedding, i have to be honest. >> reporter: while it's supposed to look proper, not to look stuffy. i can't tell if i like it or if i look like a doily. what do you think? decisions, decisions, decisions. >> the invitation says uniform. >> yep. >> dressing for men, that's even trickier. according to the royal wedding invitations, men are required to wear one of three kinds of dress. a military uniform or for us
civilians, a morning coat, or a lounge suit. a lounge suit isn't exactly as tantalizing as it may sound. it's british speak for a coat and tie. british fashion uses a whole different vocabulary. these are trousers, not pants. and you don't call this a vest, do you? >> we call it a waistcoat. >> as for a morning coat, it's a coat with the front cut away, so just the back part hangs down. you look a bit like a french maitre d'. what's the point? coats come from the days when men rode horses and wore top hats. what can i tell you? it's british. >> reporter: the royal wedding attire is more than the suits or dress. dents are the gloves of prison. and for three centuries, the
gloves hand-stitched in wiltshire, have been worn by kings, queens, and scores of wedding attendees. are you ready for the royal wedding? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: both of them? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: let's go. here we are. what do you think? are we wedding material or what? robin, this is a victoria beckham dress that i'm sausaged into here. she will be at the wedding. we won't be. we'll be covering the wedding. at least we'll blend in with the guests. >> i have an ensemble by cease and hawke. they will be making william's uniform. in scotland, we call them tart and trues. had them since i was 18 years old. some moth holes. as usual, i look like an idiot. bianna, you look gorgeous. >> reporter: thank you. for someone wearing plaid pants, you carry them well.
maybe i will bring a pair back for george in new york. robin, do you think we make the grade? >> i think, once again, you make the grade. absolutely stunning. and i love the hat. one of your earlier trips you brought back for me. i hit twitter. should i or should i not wear a hat on friday? still don't know. but i thought i would give it a test run. thank you, two. let's get back to sam, back in times square. you should see sam in this hat. he really looks good. >> robin, someone else noticed that you took it to london with you. that's what upset me the most. it is my favorite hat. and i can't wear it today. we're going to washington, d.c. this morning. the reason we're going to washington, d.c. is, believe it or not, this storm line from last night, is still active today. washington, d.c. is under a tornado watch until about 3:00 this afternoon. you are sending us -- here's the line, by the way. it goes from new york state, all the way down into central and south georgia, active with the thunderstorms this morning. you are sending us facebook and twitter pictures.
in many cases, the storms still continuing in north carolina this morning. but also, family members just want anywhere families to know that they're okay. so, in tuscaloosa, alabama, standing in front of storm damage, we're getting your twitter pictures, as well, because there's not a lot of internet or telephone coverage. so, folks are sending them to us. here's where the thunder showers will go, from new york city, to raleigh, to columbia. they're somewhere from the carolinas into georgia today. and the possibility is there. we have all of the flooding goin good morning, winds are the big story. there are open bodies of water. and mid-to upper 60s inland and calmer with temperatures warm all that weather was brought to you by amazon.
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wedding team together for one, last round of thought and predictions about the big day. here with me again is india hicks, katie nicholl, and also tina brown. can't wait to walk. this is like a royal roundtable. and thank you all for your time, your expertise and your perspective, leading up to all this. it's meant a lot to all of us. what are we going to see, tina? >> everything coming together in a wonderful way. this week, all of the elements being assembled. trees being taken into westminster abbey. and kate arriving with packages at the goring hotel. then, it comes together. and it will be a glorious, finished mosaic. >> i think everyone feels that way. like it's a big crescendo. do you think we'll have surprises, india? >> i think with the palace in control, no surprises. it will be a regimented affair,
down to the last minute. >> did everything go as planned? you were in princess diana's wedding. did everything go as it was supposed to? >> it was on the grand scale. but, clementine was not supposed to get in the same carriage with me. and i don't know how that happened. and she cried all the way down. she was reaching out for the confetti. she wanted to hold the confetti. >> we'll see moments like that, i think. >> little, tiny, human moments. that makes it so sweet. >> that's what people want to see. india was talking about tearing. those were tears of a different sort. but there will be emotion, katie. >> i think it's going to be an emotional day. i know i've been waiting for this day for a very long time. and i think there's going to be lots of emotion. and i think kate and william have thought very much about the vows. we just learned today, that she's going to love, honor,
comfort and keep. >> not obey. >> not obey. she wants to do things a certain way. we saw a glimpse of some words. her brother's giving a reading. her family are right up there, right up next to them. and i just think, i wouldn't be surprised if she gets a little choked up. and if she does, good for her. i know we all have a stiff upper lip. but i think people will love her even more if she gets choked. if we see a tear, good for her. she's marrying for love. >> when the queen tears up, it's very restrained. princess anne's wedding, there was a moment when she goes -- that was the most emotional i've seen the queen. but that, for the queen, is a huge statement. >> we're going to see people coming in and out. what i love about inside is that, yes. 1,900 people. but the way it's set up, makes us almost think that it's just the family. a lot of it is going to be blocked. or screened. when you're inside the abbey like that, you're not really
looking around, are you? >> it's such a different atmosphere. on the outside, it's an incredible raw of emotion, with the crowds cheering and screaming. and inside, even with charles and diana's wedding, where we had 3,500 guests, you were sucked into the location. you consider still in church. and it was silent. and outside, you could hear the crowds roaring. and inside, silent. very strange. very, very strange. >> every moment, you could hear a pin drop. >> that was more so even during the funeral, when the crowd outside, they could hear this kind of clatting sound, when charles brother gave his famous address, at the spencers were how she was treated. >> i was talking to george about that earlier. the last time that many people saw prince william there at the abbey, was the funeral, walking out behind his mother's casket. how much will diana be felt here
tomorrow, do you think, katie? >> i think she's going to be very present. the fact they're marrying in 2011. it would have been diana's 50th anniversary. she's wearing the ring. we wonder if she will be reflected in the dress. we don't know. it will be impossible to watch tomorrow and to experience it without thinking about diana. and i think she would be so very, very proud of william. >> she would be thrilled. she so wanted normality from him. everything about her mother was protect him from that -- >> charles has been a single parent who has brought those children up incredibly. he's made them very, very normal kids. >> thank you all again. and i will be with you tomorrow, outside the abbey. thank you so much to you all. yes, you're wearing your jewelry. >> there it is. >> you have the rings. now, the bling. >> india, tina, katie, thank you
♪ our live coverage continues, from london. and you know, after the grand wedding ceremony at westminster abbey, we will head back to buckingham palace to kick up their heels for an evening wedding reception. and what will they be dining on? we picked you, nick watt? you're a renaissance man. >> this isn't about the fashion. it's not about the love story. it's about the food. that's all i care about in a wedding. and i went to see aton, who might be cooking tonight. and here is what we found. known worldwide for his rissoto. it was diana's favorite.
>> using a lot of mushrooms. i don't add too much stock. >> reporter: i barged into anton mosimann's kitchen, to see what the fuss was about. this is one of princess diana's dishes? >> yes, it was. >> reporter: every time she came? >> every time. chicken bones, reduced it down, and added to the mushrooms. and the secret, i don't use any better. i use a little bit of cream. and another secret, a bit of champagne. >> reporter: these are secrets. you're telling us. they're not secret anymore. are you making this friday night for the palace? >> let's taste it first. >> reporter: you're avoiding my question. >> incidentally. take a taste. >> reporter: i talk a lot. but i'm a loss for words. next up, the famous caesar salad. >> i'm building it up, leaf by leaf, looks like a tower. >> reporter: this looks remarkably simple.
>> it's made with a lot of love. >> reporter: simple but delicious? we had to put mosimann's salad to the test. i'm not the caesar salad expert. but cameraman, andy, says he is. put your camera down. >> they're both good recipes. >> reporter: you make it look very easy. >> not expensive. but fresh. >> reporter: any of us can do this? >> yeah. why not? i'm on the telephone. i can be very helpful. >> reporter: anton's rissoto and salad aren't the only royal cravings. turns out one of william's childhood favorites is also one of mine. and he's so fond of biscuit cake, she chose it for his wedding cake. this is my mom. i remember having it as kids. >> i tweaked it. >> reporter: she is making biscuit cake for a new
generation of our family, my son. >> yum, yum. >> reporter: where do you think this recipe came from? >> my mother said it came from denmark. lick it. >> reporter: that's it? >> that's it. overnight in the fridge. >> reporter: overnight in the fridge. >> with the batter. >> mm. oh, so adorable. and we have your beautiful mother. >> my mom, carol, who made this cake. and robin has started eating the cake. >> i don't like to wait. it's delicious. i love the orange. the orange flavor that comes popping through. >> mom, you haven't lost it. >> as good as my mother's. >> as good as your mother's. and as good as it was on my third birthday. >> and your best creation is right here. your son. he is adorable. thank you very much. i'm talking with my mouth full. and we had the rissoto from anton last night. you can get the recipe for
nick's mom. always online and on twitter, to find out the very latest of what's going on at abc. and diane sawyer will have much more royal coverage on "world news" later today. and of course, join abc for live coverage of the wedding, starting tomorrow at 4:00 a.m. eastern. as we say good-bye, a look at william and kate, from childhood, until the day before they wed. we'll see you tomorrow. ♪ ♪
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