Edmontonians making plans to rise before dawn for another royal wedding
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.”