• Svetlana Shkolnikova

Royal wedding a celebration for Daughters of the British Empire

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is not expected to commence until 7 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, but Virginia Bosler of Glen Rock will have her alarm set for 4 a.m.

There’s nothing quite like watching a royal wedding live.

“It’s important – the immediacy of it,” Bosler said. “I did it when Kate and William got married, when Diana and Charles got married, when Andrew and Fergie got married. Sure, you can watch it on the 6 o’clock news but it’s not the same. You want to watch every minute that is possibly televised.”

Bosler will pair the viewing with tea and crumpets. At some point, she’ll call her cousins in her native England to see if there is any royal news she should know about.

“I’ll feel like I’m there even though I’m not,” Bosler said.

A similar scene will play out in the Fort Lee home of London-born Angela Walsh, who will rise at 5 a.m. and watch in her nightgown, as well as the Washington township residence of Carol Handy, an Essex native who will be up at 6 a.m. and postpone her morning shower until the nuptials conclude.

Mollie Woolley, a Londoner who lives in Fort Lee, Janet Tinz, a Leonia resident born in Hertfordshire, and Hazel Rosen, a Bristol native now residing in North Haledon, will sleep in and catch the festivities a bit later.

The women of the Daughters of the British Empire, a century-old international nonprofit with six chapters in New Jersey alone, never miss a royal wedding, birth or jubilee.

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