Richmonders planning Royal Wedding watch parties

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – Have you made your plans to watch the royal wedding? Many people right here in Central Virginia are organizing parties to celebrate Prince William and Kate Middleton's big day. Some people we spoke to are so excited about Friday's festivities, it's as if a member of their family is getting married. Despite the early hour, they'll be ready to watch history as the future king and queen of England tie the knot.

The royal family and the Middletons aren't the only ones who have been planning for Friday.  The very day William and Kate announced April 29th as the big day, Patsy Newton decided she was throwing a party.

"It's just a wonderful day that I will never forget," she said.

The wedding is an event that stirs memories of another day and a person she'll also never forget. Newton's friend Barbara came to America on the Queen Elizabeth. She taught her all about life across the pond. They watched the wedding of last century together.

"At five o'clock in the morning she came to my house just the two of us and had breakfast together," she recalled. "Then we watched the whole wedding and went off to work!"

Barbara died last year. Friday's watch party is a tribute and a way to remember her old friend.

"I mean some people say 'why are you getting up so early for that,' but just knowing her," Newton said.

Guests will enjoy British treats, some even dressing the part.

Each of the women will get their very own tiara as a party favor. They could be the queen to be any day of the week, or every day of the week if they want.

The attire of choice at Elmcroft Assisted Living Friday will be wedding gowns. Staff are surprising the residents with a party.

"They think they're getting ready for bingo and bingo is a big deal," said Director Luann Paul.  "They have no idea what's going to break out. You know, go to a bingo party and a wedding breaks out!"

Paul explained it's also a way to keep her seniors' minds active.

"You get to be 80 and you've seen so many wonderful things in your life and your life isn't over and there's still so many wonderful things going on," she said. "And it's our job because it's our commitment to keep them involved."

In addition to waking up early to watch coverage of the royal wedding, many of you also told us you'll be setting your DVRs. This is something you may want to watch again.

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