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Westport Gets Up Early for the Royal Wedding

Westport resident Catharine Lloyd will be up at 5 a.m. Friday but not to get ready for work. Instead, this transplanted Brit will be preparing to host 10 to 12 friends who will be arriving at her home at 5:45 a.m. to celebrate the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton as it happens live.

"This is definitely the event of the century so far" in the United Kingdom, said Catharine, who lived in Nottingham, England, before moving to Westport eight years ago. "A friend of mine was originally going to host the party, but I'm the only one of our friends that has BBC America on TV."

Unlike the actual royal wedding, Catharine's guests won't need to be dressed in their Sunday best to attend this early morning pajama party. However, guests will help supply the food.

Items on the menu include egg casserole, British bangers, which are fat pork sausages, bacon and Buck's Fizz, the U.K. version of a mimosa. Also, Catharine and her daughter, Rhiannon, a senior at Staples High School, are making cupcakes, or fairy cakes, as they're called in Britain. These sweet treats will be topped with edible rice paper images of William and Kate, or the Union Jack, the flag of the United Kingdom.

For Catharine, who's originally from Wales, this wedding is more than just a real-life fairy tale come true — it's history in the making.

"The fact that Prince William is second in line for the throne is what makes this so important. One day, he will become the king," she said. "And with the current state of the economy, it's nice to have something else to think about and look forward to."

And what part of the royal wedding is Catharine most looking forward to? "Seeing the [wedding] dress," she said. "It's the one thing that's been so talked about. I don't think it will be over-the-top like Diana's because it's a different time, but I'm sure it will be very elegant with a train of some sort."

Are you watching the royal wedding or holding a royal wedding viewing party? What are you most looking forward to about the wedding?

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