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Cheers, Meghan and Harry! How to Celebrate the Royal Wedding in DC

The world has fallen in love with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's romance. The couple is set to marry on May 19. From watching the wedding with tea at a party to shopping like a royal, here are some ways you can celebrate the royal couple in D.C.

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Wear your facinator and straddle both sides of the pond at The Dish & Dram's watch party, where you can eat hot dogs, bangers and mash, and scones. The festivities begin at 7 a.m., with a costume parade for kids starting at 9 a.m. You'll find the celebration in Kensington, Maryland — definitely the closest you can get to Kensington, England without leaving the DMV.
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If you can’t quite swing The Fairmont’s $75,000 royal wedding hotel package, maybe their classy garden party can satisfy your thirst for matrimonial celebration. The party kicks off at 10 a.m. with fashion displays, deals on Pimm’s cups, a fascinator competition, royal lookalikes and a screening of the wedding. It’s free, but RSVP.
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Start your day right as Harry and Meghan prepare to walk down the aisle at 7 a.m. The Mandarin Hotel's Empress Lounge will hold a tea party (complete with sponge cake and finger sandwiches), a toast and wedding viewing. Tickets cost $58 for adults.
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Prepare your facinators! This viewing party boasts a bright, 6:30 a.m. start time — enough of a head start to polish off your first glass of prosecco and a scone with clotted cream before Prince Harry even makes it to the front of St. George’s. The St. Regis has even created a custom cake and cocktail for the occasion. Tea, royal cupcakes and more snacks are included with the $55 ticket.
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Grab your favorite person and your two favorite corgis (if you really want to play Queen Elizabeth, they must be corgis) for this all-inclusive, flamboyant royal wedding hotel package. After your first-class flight to D.C., you will be greeted by a chauffeured Range Rover that will whisk you to the Fairmont’s Royal Suite in Georgetown. Two “Queens Guards” await you at the hotel, alongside a butler armed with champagne and caviar. The hotel’s chef will even prepare special meals for your pups.n
nOh, and don’t forget to call your bank, or they might think the $75,000 charge is credit card fraud.
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Everyone wants to feel like a prince or princess on their wedding day — and the Ritz-Carlton in D.C. is offering you the chance to have a Meghan and Harry-inspired wedding of majestic proportions. All you need is a cool $1 million for the full royal treatment, including private jets to New York for a fitting for a Meghan Markle-inspired wedding dress, a replica ceremony and reception and a two-week honeymoon in the Mediterranean. They're also offering custom-made dinner plates and wedding bands. Fiance(e) required (probably).
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The St. Regis is going all-out for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day. For a pre-wedding celebration, bring your pup for an afternoon doggy tea at 2 p.m. on May 18 ($55).
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What's a royal wedding without opulent headwear? The Proper Topper is stepping out of its two locations, in McClean Gardens and Dupont Circle, to sell hats during tea at the St. Regis. If you need to mix up your facinators, the Proper Topper is also piloting a rental program.
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What’s a British wedding without a Hen Party? Stop by lou lou boutiques’ Dupont Circle shop on Thursday, May 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to celebrate the wedding of the year. Put on a tiara, test your knowledge with trivia and enter a raffle (Is the prize a double date with Harry and Meghan? We can only hope).
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