The royal dress code dictates daywear for the midday nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday. But the five-hour time difference across the pond could jolly well mean jammies for viewers in this area.
Some networks will begin coverage of the ceremonies at 5 a.m. Eastern, so viewers may still be wiping sleep, instead of tears, from their eyes as the couple recite their vows.
Count Jan Swallows among them. The Ringgold, Georgia, resident is recently returned from a trip to England and expects to be up early to see all the proceedings.
"Maybe not at 5," she says, "but I do want to see it."
The wedding will take place at noon (7 a.m. Eastern) in St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle, which was part of Swallows' trip itinerary.
"It's a gorgeous chapel," she says. "It's so intimate, and there's so much history."
According to news reports, 600 guests will be seated in the chapel, and several thousand people have been invited to stand on the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the wedding party enter and leave.
Swallows says souvenir shops were selling merchandise featuring the royal couple, whose engagement was announced in November, when she was there in late March/early April.
"They already had stores with Meghan and Harry T-shirts and all that kind of stuff," she says.
Swallows' husband, Jeff, doesn't understand all the hype surrounding the wedding, she says, but "now that I've been there, I'm even more excited."
As is Pamela Asbury-Smith, who is planning a proper British-style tea for her viewing party, similar to one she had for William and Kate's wedding in 2011.
Her townhome is small, she says, but she can "comfortably accommodate six ladies." She's sent invitations, asking guests to wear party frocks and hats — she has extra hats should anyone have a need.
"The table will be graced with my Princess Diana doll as the centerpiece, the one in the midnight blue velvet gown," she says. "I'm serving on formal china, English monarchy teacups, using heirloom sterling silver."
The white tablecloth is linen with lace insets tatted by her great-grandmother in the 19-teens. It will overlay a purple brocade tablecloth. She has matching napkins.
Party favors include silver paper boxes with Lindt truffles, Dove chocolates, cream mints and "diamond" rings with faux lily of the valley and stephanotis flowers tucked in. The menu features homemade cream scones with clotted cream, marionberry preserves and lemon curd; a selection of tiny sandwiches — salmon and cucumber, spread with herbed cream cheese; homemade Victoria sponge cake, Walker's chocolate shortbread biscuits; Earl Grey, rose and jasmine teas; and nonalcoholic mimosas for toasting the happy couple.
Asbury-Smith lives in Tucson, so she will DVR the wedding for the 10 a.m. repast.
Cleveland, Tennessee, resident Michelle Magee says she won't be turning on the telly to watch the events unfold. She's still nursing a grudge over the monarchy's treatment of the late Princess of Wales.
"Those wretched Windsors murdered Diana," she says. "At the very least, they persecuted and made her miserable."
And she's not impressed by Markle, Prince Harry's American bride-to-be.
"I think she's a gold digger," she says. "Please quote me."
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