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5 ways to celebrate the Royal Wedding in the Buffalo area

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry Saturday at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, England, taking part in the first Royal Wedding in the United Kingdom since Prince William and Kate Middleton wed in 2011.

The Royal Wedding festivities begin at noon in England, which translates to 7 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, but coverage by TV stations begins as early as 4:30 a.m. While the wedding ceremony concludes at 8 a.m. EST, network coverage continues until 10 a.m. or later; provides a handy TV guide.

There's a definitive split between the Buffalonians who care about the Royal Wedding and those who become angry cannot be bothered, but for the celebrants, here are five things happening on May 19:

1) Rowhouse Bakery & Restaurant (483 Delaware Ave.) will throw a viewing party, from 8 to 11 a.m. The English tea will flow, British pastries and cocktails will be offered and proper attire (or pajamas) is encouraged. Fascinators, a close cousin of the derby hat that you may have just returned to hiding after the Kentucky Derby, are trendy for guests.

According to Rowhouse's Instagram, the bakery-restaurant staff is in the process of crafting its own cutout of Harry and Meghan. There's no cost to hang out and watch, but you have to pay for the food and drinks.

[Related: Check out a Closer Look photo gallery on Rowhouse]

2) Webster's Kitchen (110 Webster St., North Tonawanda) owner Barbara Hughes starts even earlier, hosting a tea party from 6:30 to 9 a.m. at the North Tonawanda restaurant.

On the menu ($25, registrations limited here) is mini yogurt parfaits, smoked salmon roulades, shirred eggs en croute (a means of baking eggs in a shirrer - similar to a ramekin), croissants, bacon, muffins and scones.

3) Transit Center 18 Plus IMAX (6707 Transit Road, East Amherst) on the big screen, via BritBox, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $10 and may be purchased here. Space is limited, and walk-up tickets may not be available. There's a showing at Tinseltown 17 in Rochester, too, if Buffalo sells out well in advance and you're desperate.

The perks? You get to sleep in a bit later than the other event-goers, but you don't get the crumpets.

While you're watching the Royal Wedding at any of these three locales, appreciate the Buffalo roots of Michael Bruce Curry, the pastor who will deliver the sermon in Windsor Castle.

Sean Kirst: From WNY to Windsor Castle, preparing to preach at royal wedding

4) Royal Wedding doughnuts from Dunkin' Donuts (various locations in Western New York). The Royal Love doughnut is a heart-shaped jelly doughnut with chocolate icing and strawberry drizzle, and the sweet delicacy will be available through May 20 (it actually began May 14, which begs the question: Where were we?).

5) Respect from Niagara Falls. For a half hour Saturday night, from 9 to 9:30 p.m., Niagara Falls will be bathed in royal purple light in honor of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, according to Niagara Falls State Park's website.

(The natural wonder will also turn lime green for Lyme Disease Awareness Month and green and blue from 10:15 to 10:30 p.m. for the inaugural Buffalo Waterkeeper Weekend, but those are just interesting facts).

Did we miss something that's happening in Buffalo involving the Royal Wedding? Probably. But please tell us in the comments, or by emailing me, below.


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