Chicago-area residents get ready for royal wedding

April 28, 2011 11:06:00 AM PDT
With the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton just days away, Chicagoans are making plans to celebrate the big event.

Travelers who are heading to London will get some royal treatment in honor of the royal wedding as several American Airlines flight attendants plan on serving their passengers in style.

Kathy Smith and five of her best friends -- all flight attendants with American Airlines -- will be on a flight Thursday evening to London decked out in hats, gloves and aprons in honor of the historic wedding.

"Let's see the chariot, the bride groom and kiss," Smith told ABC7. "It is like a fairy tale. You get to dress pretty and be a part of history."

"I like that they are in love and that they have done it right," said flight attendant Pam Cecola.

When the women arrive in London they will hit the streets following the itinerary of Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding day.

"It is a big deal. I grew up in London and I have watched the royal weddings," said flight attendant Amy Goodwin.

"It is very exciting. We have been watching the news and looking forward to it. Why not have a party?" said Jillian Bocenda, flight attendant.

The group hopes to catch a glimpse of the royal couple.

"Just getting this close is exciting, electric over there. If we can even get the top of the carriage go by I will be thrilled," said Jena Olsen. "Is that not every girl's dream, to marry a prince? That is why we are so excited."

A number of Chicago-area residents plan to have parties in their homes and watch the live broadcast early Friday morning.

In Elgin, attorney John Dolton's guests will be greeted by his neighbor Pattie Harkin, served the appropriate tea and proper breakfast on beautiful china in order to celebrate the royal wedding.

"It is once in a lifetime kind of thing," said Dolton. "It seemed natural to open our home to friends and neighbors and say why not come here and watch it?Every opportunity to have a party is a community event and that is important to us."

As many as one billion people around the world are expected to watch the royal wedding.