World joins in royal wedding party
The fairytale wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton captured the imagination of the world Friday, with millions sharing in the celebration of the royal nuptials at parties across the globe.
An estimated two billion people were expected to have watched on TV when William and Kate exchange vows at Westminster Abbey, and even in the home to the Hollywood stars royal glamour shined strong.
"We have movie stars, but they're not as good," said Paula Haifley, 30, as she arrived at the Cat and Fiddle British pub on Sunset Boulevard.
Decked out with Union Jack flags and cut-out Kate and Wills models at the entrance, some 300 royal party-goers packed into the bar for the all-night bash to watch the wedding service that started at 3:00 am in LA.
"We came to celebrate. It gave us the opportunity to dress like girls, and celebrate the pomp and circumstance that we don't necessarily get over here," said Katie Christiansen, 24.
On nearby Hollywood Boulevard, waxwork museum Madame Tussauds set up a huge screen to show the royal wedding live, just along the road from the world-famous Graumann's Chinese Theater.
"It's a Cinderella story to make Hollywood drool," Andrew Rule from London commented in Sydney's Daily Telegraph tabloid.
"Today the world will see the wedding that proves that fairytales can, and do, happen," he wrote in the newspaper which reserved its first five pages for the wedding.
Australia's state broadcaster ABC as well as two of the three major commercial networks provided live coverage of the nuptials that took place in the evening in Sydney.
Hundreds of devoted monarchists gathered for celebratory lunches across the country, joining for a champagne toast, wedding cake and slideshows of the royal family and soon-to-be newlyweds.
"I think most people are very warm to it, if you look at the polls as anything to go by there's significant interest, and particularly amongst young people," Jai Martinkovits, a 24-year-old monarchist, told AFP at a luncheon at Sydney's Parliament House to mark the nuptials.
Neighbouring New Zealand was also celebrating the event, with the national New Zealand Herald declaring it the "Happiest day of our lives" on its front page, which was emblazoned with a picture of the young couple.
"I'll be watching it at home with my granddaughters (aged six and nine)," Kip Marshall told AFP at Wellington's bustling Lambton Quay shopping district.
"We'll dress up a bit, put on some plastic crowns and fluffy boas or something. It's an occasion, who knows when they'll see another one. They'll probably see another royal divorce before another royal wedding."
In former British colony Kenya, where William proposed to Kate last October, wedding gatherings were held in cafes and restaurants across the capital Nairobi.
"It is a prince and a princess, a royal wedding, it is kind of unique," said 20-year-old driver Michael Chege, who said he hoped be able to catch the event, which is also being broadcast live on national television.
In Stockholm, the Tudor Arms, dubbed the best pub in the world in 2010, opened early to allow people to join in the celebrations.
British embassies and schools across the globe marked the wedding with receptions and parties.
© 2011 AFP