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Last Updated: Friday, 30 September 2005, 13:02 GMT 14:02 UK
Palace date for US breakfast show
Diane Sawyer
Diane Sawyer is a well-known Good Morning America presenter
US breakfast programme Good Morning America is to be broadcast live from Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle in the UK next week.

The Queen has given her permission for the ABC show to film at her homes, and at Holyroodhouse, in Edinburgh.

Good Morning America is watched by around five million US viewers every day and it is hoped that the shows will boost tourism to Great Britain.

The Queen will be at Balmoral during the filming.

'Delighted'

A Palace spokesman said: "We're delighted that ABC has agreed to broadcast their flagship breakfast programme in the UK, especially at such an important time for the tourist industry.

Buckingham Palace
The Queen will not be at Buckingham Palace during filming

"The Queen has given her approval."

The programmes will be filmed live at lunchtime UK time and the Duke of York has given ABC an interview about the tourism industry.

On Thursday ABC will broadcast from Windsor Castle's state rooms, including the grand Waterloo Chamber and St George's Hall, as well as St George's Chapel.

The following day the presenters will be at Buckingham Palace including in the Throne Room and the White Drawing Room, as well as at Holyroodhouse.

Ben Sherwood, executive producer of the show, said the programme was honoured to have been given permission by the Queen.

"ABC News will give millions of viewers an extraordinary, unprecedented live look inside the Royal Palaces.

"We look forward to an unforgettable, live transatlantic television event."


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