All the Ways People Around America Will Celebrate Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Royal Wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot in just a few weeks, and royal fans will celebrate not just in the U.K., but all over the globe. Many Americans will tune in for the televised ceremony just as they did for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding, which was viewed by 23 million in the U.S.
Harry and Meghan’s wedding is set for Saturday, May 19 at 7 a.m. EST — which is early, but luckily for some Americans, during daylight hours. You might plan on simply rolling out of bed and curling up in front of the TV. Or, you’ve got other options: Viewing parties and themed hotel stays can be booked throughout the U.S.
Here’s how the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is being celebrated in cities across America.
In 1996, Princess Diana visited The Windy City and stayed at the Drake Hotel. “I love Chicago,” she told reporters at the end of her visit. “It’s been wonderful.” The hotel has preserved the room where she stayed. Guests can book the Princess Diana Suite anytime; but in May it can be enjoyed as part of a month-long array of events to commemorate the royal wedding.
In May, the hotel plans a Monday night “Film and Fondue” series. On the big day, there will be a lunchtime screening of the wedding featuring the same menu it served to Princess Diana 21 years ago. Prices are $80 and up.
Next: A major city offers a free event
2. New York
Not to be outdone, The Big Apple will offer various festivities on the historic day. One notable, free event is a live public screening of the wedding before the annual Brit Block Party kicks off. Guests will enjoy “bacon sarnies” and tea while watching the ceremony.
The block party includes family-friendly British-inspired music, sport, food, and entertainment. Guests should be on the lookout for royal look-alikes and can partake in soccer, rugby, and cricket challenges.
Next: A celebration that includes excursions
3. Palm Beach, Florida
If you’re in the mood for a luxurious getaway weekend to mark the royal wedding, head to Palm Beach. The Brazilian Court Hotel offers a four-night “Royal Romance Suits You” package for $24,000. You’ll get a bottle of Tignanello (Meghan’s favorite) and a banana cake, which was predicted to be the royal wedding cake flavor. (Turns out, however, that’s lemon.)
You’ll also get the (sold out) Strathberry tote bag Meghan’s been photographed with and a necklace modeled after her engagement ring. The hotel will treat guests to a yachting excursion, helicopter lesson, afternoon tea, traditional English breakfast in bed, and dinner.
Next: A party at a more reasonable hour
Since the royal wedding will take place before sunrise in Denver (4 a.m.), royal watchers may wish to view the wedding at a more reasonable time. For $60, guests can attend a party at 8 a.m. in a mansion tucked away in the city’s Potter-Highlands neighborhood. While watching a replay of the wedding, viewers will enjoy an English-style morning tea with finger sandwiches, fresh scones, crumpets, and British cocktails.
Next: A kid-friendly royal brunch
Harry and Meghan fans in Indiana’s capital can visit Aristocrat Pub & Restaurant to watch the nuptials on TV while drinking mimosas. Kids will have their own Royal Brunch Party upstairs in the private dining room, where tiaras, gowns, and bow ties are encouraged.
Tina’s Traditional Tea Room in nearby Carmel, Indiana, invites guests in formal attire (fascinators included) to raise a cup of tea for the royal newlyweds. A traditional British wedding buffet includes Coronation chicken salad and cake made from Princess Diana’s recipe.
Next: Butler service included
Stay the night in the Royal HRH Suite at Philadelphia’s The Rittenhouse hotel and receive butler service the night before and morning of the royal wedding. The hotel will set up live coverage of the wedding while guests enjoy buffet-style breakfast tea service and a champagne toast for the royal couple’s first kiss.
In addition, locals and guests alike can experience the hotel’s signature daily tea the morning of the wedding with reservations beginning at 7 a.m. In honor of the special day, tea-goers will be treated to unlimited Pimm’s cups and a commemorative wedding cake while they view the live coverage.
Next: Proceeds donated to a good cause
They do everything bigger in Texas, and Harry and Meghan’s wedding is no exception. The British American Foundation of Texas is inviting royal fans to a celebratory brunch the morning of the wedding for mimosas, big screen coverage, raffles, and games.
In keeping with British style, formal hats are quite welcome. Proceeds go toward scholarships for gifted students from low-income Texas households.
Next: A traditional British tea in the Midwest
8. St. Louis
Owned by a British couple who “wanted to bring a taste of British culture to St. Louis,” The London Tea Room will offer wedding screenings on the big day for $49 per person. Guests will be treated to “an afternoon tea fit for a Duchess and her Princes.” Everyone receives a wedding souvenir and a slice of wedding cake.
Typical fare at the tea room features petit fours, cakes and pastries, scones with Devonshire cream and jam, and a selection of tea sandwiches. (Sorry, the royal wedding event is sold out.)
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