Matt Lauer and Ann Curry as the royal bride and groom on the set of TODAY's 2011 Halloween celebration.
"The royal wave is like this?” Curry said in rehearsals. “I don’t know how to do it, so I’m going to go “hey guys!’"
The royal wedding group included co-hosts Matt Lauer and Ann Curry as the regal bride and groom, Al Roker as party-hearty royal brother Prince Harry, former host Meredith Vieira as the Queen, Natalie Morales as Kate’s vivacious sister Pippa, and Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb playing Beatrice and Eugenie, royal daughters of Prince Andrew and Fergie.
TODAY’s relative newcomer Savannah Guthrie might be excused for thinking she received the short end of the stick in being tapped to play royal dad Prince Charles. First seeing herself in full Charles regalia, she shouted, “Oh my gosh, that’s hilarious!” and added, “This is probably a career-ender."
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb dressed up as Beatrice and Eugenie, royal daughters of Prince Andrew and Fergie.
Cameras captured Kotb in a bit of a diva moment when having her head fitted for her royal wig. “Please take this off; I hate it!” she bellowed.
Natalie Morales strikes a pose as Pippa Middleton.
TODAY alum Meredith Vieira, who wowed the Plaza crowd last Halloween as Lady Gaga, returned to join in on the Halloween festivities, eliciting screams from the TODAY personalities as she arrived as the Queen herself.
Re-making the royal wedding wasn't an easy undertaking. Matt Lauer and Al Roker were outfitted as the Princes from costume shops, and Ann Curry and Natalie Morales' dresses were off-the-rack, but Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb’s costumes were designed from scratch to recreate the colorful attire of the young princesses.
Getting the 'do’s of the royal family just right was the most painstaking endeavor. Each wig worn by the TODAY gang took up to 40 hours to make, using a half-pound each of hair. Here, the TODAY family gathers on the "balcony" for the royal kiss (on the cheek).
As Lauer and Curry drove off in a car trailed with balloons, TODAY’s fourth hour correspondent Sarah Haines, dressed as notably pregnant wedding invitee Victoria Beckham, introduced the behind-the-scenes of the hundreds of hours put into the royal Halloween production.
Always repping California, celeb chef Giada De Laurentiis got decked out as Katy Perry for Halloween, thanks to her 3-year-old daughter Jade, who adores the pop star.
Giada says she decided to "indulge (Jade) in a little Katy Perry, head to toe.”
TODAY's littlest fans, decked out on the Plaza.
“Mummy sends her love!” Kathie Lee Gifford shouted to the couple (Sarah Ferguson, famously, wasn't invited to the real wedding).
Royal newlyweds Matt Lauer and Ann Curry (as Will and Kate) drove off in a car trailed with balloons.
And they lived happily ever after...