Of all days, the biggest royal wedding for 30 years must have seemed a ripe moment during which to sweep bad news under the carpet.

While Prince William and Katherine Middleton exchanged vows in front of hundreds of millions of people around the world, Guardian writer and Bad Science author Ben Goldacre drew attention to a news story tweeted by the BBC.

Big news though it was, it was likely to have been missed by many – not least on the social network, which was dominated by wedding related updates.

Luckily, as Sam Lister at the Times pointed out, HSJ had already broken the story the day before – so readers could enjoy the wedding in peace.