Royal Wedding comes to Edmonton!
Didn’t get your invitation? Neither did we. Weird. But that doesn’t mean we can’t embrace the Event of the Decade – the Wedding of the Century! – with style, grace and good manners at the Edmonton Exclusive Royal Wedding Celebration, happening at 3 a.m. on Friday morning – less than 12 hours from now! – in the Chateau Louis Conference Centre, 11727 Kingsway Avenue. It’s only 6,800 km and seven time zones from Buckingham Palace. Silly? Maybe. But it’s for a good cause. All proceeds will go to the Stollery Children’s Hospital and the Edmonton Food Bank.
What does one wear to watch a Royal Wedding on TV at 4 a.m. in Edmonton? High tea will be served, too.
“Of course you have to come in formal attire, complete with hat,” says organizer Milena Santoro. “Women are excluded from this rule. But when a gentleman enters a room, he is to remove his hat.” Yet the gentleman must keep his hat present – in case he has to go outside and fight the Huns or something.
You can see there’s a bit of tongue-in-cheek thing going on here, but this is something of a big deal for the folks attending this event. Of course they are all completely mad.
“Yes, we’re mad – mad about the royal wedding,” says Santoro. She goes on, “The people who are coming to this event are royal watchers, brides-to-be and people interested in becoming part Edmonton history. We’re the only people here who are going to experience this as it happens.”
The opening ceremonies will start at 3:30 a.m. with a procession featuring the Edmonton Police Pipe Band and the RCMP Guard of the Queen, followed by flag presentation and a singing of the national anthems of Canada and Great Britain by busy local band Sister Gray. The wedding broadcast proper begins at 4 a.m. There will be games, door prizes (including a trip for two to Jasper) and plenty of strong coffee on hand. Tickets are $40 and include an English breakfast. Register online here, or call 780.999.5799 for information.