OK, it’s been a long time since anyone in America was under the rule of the monarchy on the other side of the pond. And yet, many of us are still enamored of the British Royals, and the Windsor family is throwing a little shindig this week that will be watched around the globe.
That’s right; the wedding of Prince William to middle-class commoner Kate Middleton will be broadcast, streamed, blogged and tweeted on Friday, April 29.
So you’re asking yourself, short of hopping a plane to London where can an Anglophile in the area get their wedding fix? Not many places as it turns out, but here are the few we could find:
in Redmond will open at 10 a.m. Friday morning with a special "Royal Tea" — get it? — and a constant loop of the wedding (someone is staying up late to tape it!). The celebratory tea includes savories and sweets, including the traditional English wedding cake and the groom's Tiffin cake, for $18.95. The nearby will also be showing replays of the ceremonies.
Queen Mary Tea in Seattle’s University District has the only event we could find where you can watch the Royal Wedding live. The party begins at 1 a.m. and goes until 4 a.m. and includes food, tea and champagne. All for $150 per person.
The George & Dragon Pub in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood will also be showing a tape of the wedding from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Ladies wear your hats, and gents wear your suits” declares the pub’s fliers. In addition to the pub’s usual fare, there will be cucumber sandwiches, sausage rolls and meat pies.
Setting the alarm to get up and watch the wedding at home?
The Food Network has recipes for the occasion here.
Here is the Los Angeles Times’ take on a throwing a royal party.
There is even a way to throw an environmentally friendly royal wedding party according to The Ecologist magazine — click here for more info.
Remember, coverage of the event starts at 1 a.m. PDT. Here is a list from Kiro TV on what channels are showing the big event:
— ABC (1 a.m.);
— CBS (2 a.m.);
— NBC (1 a.m.);
— BBCAmerica (midnight);
— CNN (1 a.m.);
— Fox (1 a.m.);
— TLC (3 a.m.)