Chicagoans up early for royal wedding

April 29, 2011 3:01:08 PM PDT
Thousands of miles from Westminster Abbey, John Dalton and his partner Richard Jacobs threw a wedding viewing party fit for a queen- or perhaps the new Duchess of Cambridge.

Guests decked out in gloves and tiaras watched the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton at 3 a.m. from Dalton's Elgin home. The wedding was broadcast live around the world.

"I think it's more a real royal love story and, they were both beautiful," Clare Ollayos, a guest, said.

"It's a glorious event and it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness history in the making," Tish Powell, guest, said.

"I originally wanted to wear a suit of armor, but nobody in the neighborhood had one," David Ham, guest, said.

Guests were treated to a proper English breakfast laid out across two tables. The hosts have been planning the event for about a month.

"Any excuse for a party: Super Bowl, a new release on DVD, we'll buy the Blue Ray and have a movie night for 40 people that's just what we like to do," Dalton said.

For many guests, the royal wedding of Prince William brings back memories of his mother marrying Prince Charles. For the younger guests, this royal wedding is a first.

"I think she was gorgeous walking down the aisle in her dress," Madeline Moeller, guest, said.

"I'll probably remember it and I'll probably remember her walking down the aisle," Heaven Lee, guest, said.

In downtown Chicago, the Palmer House Hilton hosted an event where tea was served in front of flat screen TVs so guests could watch the royal nuptials. Karen Brown is in Chicago for vacation, but the Brit did not want to miss the wedding.

"The kiss was lovely. We were waiting for that for a long time. It was just relaxed and neither of them looked nervous," Brown said.

The revelry continued Friday afternoon with tea and a fashion show -- wedding dresses, of course -- at The Drake, attended by more than 200 people.

"It was magnificent, classic and elegant," wedding planner Melissa Phillips said of Kate Middleton's wedding dress.