GARDEN CITY, NY (CBSNewYork/AP) – The marriage of Prince William and Princess Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was reason for celebration from one side of the pond to the other.

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Royal-watchers took in the festivities at various viewing parties across the Tri-State region.

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A couple gets married in Times Square at the same time as the royal wedding (credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

Hundreds gathered in Times Square to watch the nuptials displayed on jumbotrons and the big cheer went up for the kiss.

“I knew that this would be a grand event and I couldn’t miss it for the world,” one spectator said.

At least one couple exchanged vows at the Times Square event.

A crowd huddled underneath the Manhattan Bridge to watch the ceremony on a projection screen.

The Paley Center for Media streamed the ceremony live and urged ladies to get into the spirit by donning bridesmaid dresses while being treated to tea, scones and wedding trivia. The Waldorf-Astoria offered its recently renovated Royal Suite — the former residence of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor — for a British-style cocktail party on the eve of the wedding.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond At Lyon Restaurant In The West Village

Even before the sun came up, British New Yorkers gathered on Greenwich Avenue to watch the royal wedding at a viewing party at the French restaurant Lyon.

“I thought it was appropriate to break out the tiara at six o’clock in the morning,” Lynne Lee, of London, said.

Sean Cavanagh-Dowsett had his eyes glued to the television as Prince William and Kate Middleton exchanged vows.

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“I thought she looked spectacular. I thought he looked really happy; really in the moment,” he said. “They both seemed to be really all about each other and that’s ultimately what it’s about. Apart from the pomp and circumstance I just can’t wish them anymore happiness.”

“They seem to be really in love and that’s a pretty genuine thing that I could really see in their eyes,” Cavanagh-Dowsett said.

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One watcher praised Middleton’s dress, saying it made her look like “a modern day Grace Kelly.”

“She looked beautiful. She looked absolutely amazing. I cried a little bit,” said Samantha Edwards of Tribeca.

Nikki Perry, owner of Tea & Sympathy, celebrates the royal wedding. (credit: Kathleen Maloney/1010 WINS)

Nikki Perry, co-owner of Tea & Sympathy, watching the royal nuptials was an emotional moment.

“I’m just thrilled and overwhelmed and trying really hard not to cry,” Perry said.

She said Middleton’s gown was “stunning.”

“[She] just got it right. Nail on the head. No bare shoulders, no breasts hanging out — because, you know, she’s in front of the eyes of the world and there are a lot of countries that would be very offended by that,” Perry said.

Some got into the spirit of things by dressing up at the Garden City Hotel on Long Island. It was like a royal fashion show – a sold out event where guests enjoyed a royal English breakfast.

But, of course, all eyes were on Kate and William.

“I loved the dress, very classic, very modern. I think she looked beautiful, and I loved the v-neck. I think that is her, classic Kate,” said Renatta from Baldwin Harbor.

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Diane Baruck stood out with an emerald-green hat, saying, “I thought for today’s occasion, it was perfect to wear it sideways, I think it’s the first time ever that I’ll ever be daring enough to wear it in broad daylight.”

The Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan threw open its doors at 5 a.m. to let viewers take in the ceremony from the pews. A jumbo screen was placed at the altar.

Staffers costumed as Beefeaters greeted dozens of faux wedding-goers, who received copies of the Westminster Abbey program.

On Friday evening, six of Trinity’s two dozen bell ringers who hail from England are coming together to ring six of its 12 bells in celebration of the historic occasion.

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Did you watch the royal wedding? What do you think of it? Was it beautiful or a huge waste of money? Sound off in our comments section.

Comments (13)
  1. Margaret Fourie says:

    The Royal Wedding was one of the most quality events I have witnessed. As a Church Organist and musician, I can only express my sincere appreciation, as to the choice of mature and hauntingly beautiful music selected. If this is the taste of Prince William and his beautiful bride, then I have much hope for them, they are a couple who appreciate the finer things on life. I was so impressed with the manner in which the family of the bride conducted themselves, with humility and dignity. Prince William has made a wise choice.

  2. PIKE BISHOP JR. says:

    who cares about them in the long run..but give an hour with katey..ill make her see what a real man can do too a princess..and harry would be a faded memory..royal bunko..

  3. muggsy bogues says:

    I loathe the Royals. They are the epitome of everything wrong with this world. They really do believe that they are a higher evolution of mankind. I’m not just talking British Royals … I am also including the Saudi’s and any others who think they are better people simply based on their bloodline. G-F-Y

  4. Dottie Gallardo says:


    1. Aletta Vandernat says:

      I live in The Netherlands and watched it at work and a repeat of it on BBC 1 when I got home. Just plain fantastic.

  5. marlboro says:

    If David Icke is correct (and I believe he is), then the royal family is not human – they are in fact Reptilian. Read David Icke’s book “The Biggest Secret”. The universe we live in is far more complicated than we have ever been lead to believe!

    So that leaves me wondering if Kate, as the Duchess of Cambridge, is also a Reptilian (probably) – or if she now has to be indoctrinated into the Reptilian race.

    This stuff is scary, but very fascinating.

    And just because this may sound a bit “wacky”, that doesn’t mean it is not true. Some of the strangest theories in life do turn out to be true.

  6. Been Down That Road Before says:

    I hope he got her to sign a pre nuptial agreement…

    1. GG says:

      Don’t need it. Just remember what happened to Princess Di !

  7. NJ Watcher says:

    It was lovely to see the whole world glued to the TV for such a joyous, happy, beautiful occasion, instead of the tragic events of late! I loved it!

  8. nyc says:

    It is so refreshing to see an event so beautiful with such class and dignity. All I see on our local N.Y. news is rapes, robberies and other savage crimes !

    1. Ellen says:

      nyc, don’t come from N,Y, Come from around the Boston area, but agree that this royal wedding is the best news to come along in a long time. Like you getting sick of hearing nothing about rapes, robberies and other savage crimes. Happens all over the place. Have a great day nyc, and don’t forget to put a pot of tee on.

  9. Nick says:

    All these cows with no life. So sad.

    1. AMERICAN GOING H.A.M. says:


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