But her ladies in waiting 3,500 miles away at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington? They preferred hats. Big floppy ones with tulle bows, straw ones plugged with feathers, but most especially that must-have accessory for all the American copy-Kates: the demure, classic fascinator hat.
“I’ve been obsessed with Kate Middleton as a style icon for a while now,” said Jessica Gregg of Washington, who sported a black-and-white feathered fascinator she snagged from Proper Topper.
Hundreds of women — and yes, a few men — rose before dawn to attend the Ritz-Carlton’s sold-out royal wedding watch party that started this morning at 5 a.m. With moody pink lighting, tulip table arrangements, and a buffet that included both cupcakes and English scones and clotted cream, it did feel like a wedding reception, albeit one where the closest guests would get to the bride, groom and Elton John were the giant HD projection screens. But hey, at least no one had to spring for a Dyson for the happy couple. Check out more pictures from the event below.