Carol Smith, chair of the Darien Thrift Shop , is getting up early Friday to watch the royal wedding, and she is not alone. Many Darien residents are interested in the nuptials, especially after the Thrift Shop put up a British-themed display in their window to celebrate the wedding.
"It's the best thing to happen to the U.K. in years," said Smith, who originally hails from the north of England. Princess Diana's death was a tragic blow to the British, but her son William's wedding is definitely a cause for celebration. "It's going to be great."
Deb Hecht of Goldenberry , which specializes in selling British food and goods, said people have been preparing for months. The store has a range of products for people to celebrate the day, including Emma Bridgewater tins, handcrafted Burleigh ceramic tea sets, decorations adorned with the Union Jack and British treats for people to serve at tea parties.
"I love the whole meal of tea. I love the sandwiches, the scones and jam, and, of course, the tea. We always have a tea pot going here," Hecht said. Goldenberry has been playing a DVD about William and his relationship with Kate Middleton. Hecht said that she will prepare a DVD of the wedding ceremony Friday morning to play throughout the day in the store.
To Smith, the royal family represents a source of pride for the British people. "They hold things together, and they bring a lot of tourists to the U.K.," she said. "Americans are fascinated by royalty."
Many of the items in the window are donations to the Thrift Shop, such as cakes and cupcakes given by Palmer's Market , as well as flags, dresses and tea towels loaned by local residents. Smith said she will attend a tea party held by a British women's group with more than 60 members. There will also be a tea event at Nielsen's Florist and Garden Shop from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday.
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