I was at Guide camp when Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer got married: we saw parts of the proceedings on a grainy black and white portable TV, powered by a car battery.
Today, you can watch Prince William and Kate Middleton get married from any suitable device connected to the Internet. And if you miss it live, there will be numerous youtube versions, filmed from a variety of different angles.
But it’s not just the ability to watch it where and when is convenient to you that’s changed. Through Twitter, Facebook and similar sites, it is possible to feel a part of it in the way that would have been undreamed of when Charles and Diana got married.
And when today’s Twitter-using teenagers start work, they will be used to doing things over the internet, with people they have never met. They will carry that over into their working lives.
By the time HS2 is supposed to start running trains, there will be a generation of workers who consider the need to “have meetings” by being in the same room as others as a relic of old ways of working.
That’s not to say people will stop traveling completely. When Prince William’s firstborn gets married, the streets of London are likely to be as full as they are today.
But why would someone in 2026 travel to a routine work meeting rather then use readily available and familiar technology saving both time and money?