Sisters plan wedding viewing party

Sisters Amanda, left, and Amelia Crysler plan to get up at 2 a.m. for tea and to start watching coverage of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Grand Junction sisters Amanda and Amelia Crysler will be two of the unknown millions — or billions — around the world expected to fixate on the island of England for several hours on Friday, April 29.

The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the future king and queen of England, is slated for live broadcast around the world, and expected to draw upward of 2 billion viewers, according to Reuters.

Although it likely will be 4 a.m. or so in Colorado before the couple take their vows half-a-world away, the Crysler sisters should be wide awake by then.

The women plan to start their viewing party in pajamas with cups of tea at 2 a.m. on Amanda’s couch. They don’t want to miss a thing. They plan to record all the wedding coverage, as well.

“I’m excited to see (Kate) drive to Westminster Abbey with her father and walk down the aisle and get married and ride back to Buckingham Palace in a horse-and-carriage. I mean, that’s royal,” said Amelia Crysler, 29.

The sisters aren’t British. They are originally from Maine, but have an intense interest in the British monarchy, which they attribute to their mother and a joint passion for history.

“I have grown up with a great love of history and travel,” said Amanda Crysler, 33. “I feel like we will be watching live history.”

In addition to wanting to watch a royal wedding for historical perspective, there is the side of the Crysler sisters that is just as interested in wedding hoopla.

“I can’t wait to see the dress,” Amanda said.

Amelia, who is engaged and planning a June 2012 wedding, said she isn’t watching the royal wedding — with its guest list of 1,900 and budget in the millions — for ideas.

Instead, the Crysler sisters want to soak in the pageantry of the royal affair.

“I love tradition,” Amanda Crysler said.


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