MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — If you were only half awake at 4 a.m. Friday, you might have thought the royal wedding took place in downtown Minneapolis.
Hundreds crowded Brit’s Pub, some dressed in gowns, hats and there was even a Beefeater guard outside.
“It’s kind of a worldwide event and me and my friend decided why not?,” said Julie Tesch, who dragged her best-friend to the pub early in the morning. “It’s just a good fun event.”
An overwhelming amount of people attended. It was mostly ladies, but a good amount of men sat and watched.
“Oh I’m here to see what her dress looks like,” said Trent Bender jokingly. “I came for the atmosphere. I live half a block from here.”
Bender said he was surprised to see so many at the pub so early in the morning.
“I got here probably about 3:50 a.m.,” said Bender. “There was probably about 45 people ahead of me waiting to get in. So it’s kind of wild to see some prim and proper ladies waiting in hats at 3:30 in the morning to get into a bar. It’s just something you don’t see everyday.”
Every table and seat was occupied by curious Minnesotans. The pub‘s general manger estimates 500 or more came to the bar.
Sonia Hubert took her two daughters out of school to watch the event.
“It’s very exciting and I wanted to share this with my girls,” said Hubert. “Even though they’re skipping school to see this I wanted to show them how life is for a real princess and prince.”
Sophia Hubert, 13, was pretty tired but was excited to be in the crowd.
“I think it’s pretty cool to see all this stuff, to see how an actual princess and prince dress,” she said.
Sophia’s 11-year-old sister Rose added, “I can’t wait to see the princess’s dress.”
The crowd cheered when Kate exited the limo in her wedding dress and clapped when they caught the first glimpse of the Queen.
During the vows, the pub went silent and people stood shoulder to shoulder.
After William and Kate kissed, the crowd began to dissolve. Some ladies who dressed formally said they couldn’t turn away.
“I loved every minute of it,” said Brage Hanson, who showed up with two other friends wearing extravagant dresses and a lot “fake” jewelry.
“It’s fun to witness history and to be at a fun place as well,” said Tesch.
NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Edgar Linares Reports