Ed­mon­to­ni­ans mak­ing plans to rise be­fore dawn for an­other royal wedding

Edmonton Journal - - CITY - STEPHEN COOK

For the sec­ond time in less than a decade, Ed­mon­to­ni­ans will ex­pe­ri­ence the bliss of wak­ing be­fore dawn to view hours of cer­e­mo­nial pomp broad­cast from across the At­lantic Ocean.

Yes, it’s an­other royal wedding. And de­spite a 5 a.m. start Satur­day, lo­cals will be watch­ing.

Joe Zasada, 36, is “plan­ning on it, any­way.” He’s the chair­man of the Royal Com­mon­wealth So­ci­ety of Canada, which has many mem­bers who will watch the fes­tiv­i­ties.

“I think the royal fam­ily holds a spe­cial place in the hearts of a lot of Cana­di­ans,” Zasada said Wed­nes­day. “Ev­ery­one’s fol­lowed (the princes) as they ’ve grown up.”

This wedding won’t be as big as Prince William’s in 2011, he thinks. Harry is now sixth in the line of suc­ces­sion — the “backup heir,” Zasada joked.

As for the princess-to-be, Meghan Markle is per­haps best known for her role on the TV se­ries Suits. The show is filmed in Toronto.

“Ob­vi­ously that’s of ex­tra in­ter­est for a lot of Cana­di­ans, es­pe­cially those who like pop cul­ture stuff,” said Zasada.

There is an­other Cana­dian con­nec­tion. Three of Ben Mul­roney’s chil­dren will act as page­boys or brides­maids. Ben is the son of Brian Mul­roney.

Sarah Jones, 51, is a board mem­ber of the Alberta St. Ge­orge of Eng­land So­ci­ety. An English ex­pat who moved to Canada in 1987, she also watched the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. “She was the peo­ple’s princess and every­body loved her.”

Jones thinks the lat­est match is “very modern” — for her, Harry and Meghan don’t give the vibe of

“old stuffy roy­alty.”

“Th­ese are just a young, en­gaged cou­ple,” she said. “Modern, stylish. I think it’ll be fun.”

Jones will head to the Fair­mont Ho­tel Macdon­ald for its sold-out break­fast and view­ing party Satur­day. The Queen her­self stayed at the ho­tel once upon a time.

The Art of Cake cafe will also host a view­ing party, re­plete with high tea and a for­mal dress code “with hat or fas­ci­na­tor” from 5 a.m. un­til 9 a.m. Satur­day.

“The world is a rather dreary place right now,” said Ken­neth Munro, an ex­ec­u­tive with the Monar­chist League of Canada. “Some­thing like a royal wedding takes you away for a brief mo­ment and lifts the spirit.”

Munro, 72, plans to watch Satur­day but will tape the spec­ta­cle “just in case.”

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