Wedding breakfast at dawn as Manhattan soaks up the big day

View from New York

They were spoiled for choice in New York when it came to soaking up some vicarious nuptials fun.

Nancy Lawlor, 75, had been planning for months, even if wearing a bathrobe to the $150 wedding breakfast at the Palace Hotel was a last-minute decision. Varinda Missett, 45, on the other hand, never guessed that popping a fascinator on her pooch for its morning walk would land her on live TV in the middle of Times Square.

For those who just had to be awake to catch it as it happened – the reruns began across the cable galaxy within seconds of the live coverage ending – few will have done it in more style than Ms Lawlor who invited two daughters and one granddaughter from Connecticut to stay overnight at the Palace. All they had to do at 5.30am was stumble across the hall to the lifts, smile at the pianist serenading arriving guests in the lobby and find their table in the hotel's ballroom. What to wear in New York was as important as where to go. (Bathrobes had been encouraged by the Palace, which also supplied slippers and pillows at the breakfast.) Jodi Applegate, a news anchor who finished her late shift at 1am and was due in front of the cameras before lunch yesterday, took her seat at the nearby Plaza Hotel wearing the veil from her own wedding – in February – and custom-made silk gloves.

For Ms Applegate the breakfast – scrambled eggs with chopped chives and sausages, followed by wedding cake – was more about being silly with her girlfriends than expressing undying devotion to the Windsors. (In New York, at least, girls seemed altogether more interested in events in far-away London than boys.) "It's just fun and a chance to fly the girlie flag for a day," she said, texting friends on her pink iPhone.

Among the few men who did stir from their beds before dawn, Tim Blaquiere, 32, strove to offer a more orthodox explanation for the fascination so many Americans share for the British monarchy. "I support them because we don't have anything like them here. In a way they are our adopted royals and lots of Americans actually do feel a closeness to them." He said all this while digesting black pudding and eggs served at Lyon, a restaurant in the West Village that on any other day specialises in French fare. Champagne was served only at 9am, which was going to make Mr Blaquiere late for work. Ms Missett lives just off Times Square, where she walks Pixie, her pup, every day. The fascinator was a give-away and she was unaware the square would be packed before rush-hour. Crowds were gazing at the wedding live on jumbo screens or watching presenters of TLC, a cable channel, anchoring a wedding special under the slowly brightening sky (and who had earlier inveigled her to show off Pixie and headgear before the cameras in a pause in proceedings in London).

For some in New York, the wedding was a chance for a giggle – other events included an all-day Brit binge under the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn; a block party in West Village with music from the NYPD brass band; and a black-tie ball for Anglos and their admirers in Midtown. For others, the chime of commerce rang louder than the bells. Sponsors looking for attention ranged from BBC America to Bulldog gin and the FT.

Back at the Palace Hotel, the Queen was already waving from the Buck House balcony, Piers Morgan was running out of things to say on CNN and the waiters were preparing to serve slices from the six-tier wedding cake, studded with crystal jewellery valued at $35,000, provided by another eager sponsor, Swarosvki. This clearly was the swellest wedding party in town. Carrie and the other Sex and the City girls had apparently overslept and were still upstairs. Assuming Mr Big had got them tickets.

Around The World

China

Millions tuned in to the extensive live television coverage, where the last emperor abdicated a century ago. On the internet the royal wedding was the fifth most popular topic on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter.

India

Widespread coverage of the wedding saw the Indian Express carry a picture of Kate Middleton on the front page and a story on page 12 pointing out that her marriage vows did not include the commitment to obey her husband.

...and beyond the world

Three astronauts on the International Space Station recorded a video message of congratulations while orbiting 220 miles above London. They said they would be following coverage of the wedding "down on planet Earth".

Stephen Mangan

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
News
election 2015The 10 best quotes of the campaign
News
A caravan being used as a polling station in Ford near Salisbury, during the 2010 election
election 2015The Independent's guide to get you through polling day
News
people
Voices
David Blunkett joins the Labour candidate for Redcar Anna Turley on a campaigning visit last month
voicesWhat I learnt from my years in government, by the former Home Secretary David Blunkett
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA celebration of British elections
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager (B2B) - Romford - £40,000 + car

£35000 - £40000 per annum + car and benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager...

Ashdown Group: Helpdesk Analyst - Devon - £20,000

£18000 - £20000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Helpdesk Analyst - Devon - £20,000 ...

Ashdown Group: Data Scientist - London - £50,000 + bonus

£35000 - £50000 per annum + generous bonus: Ashdown Group: Business Analytics ...

Ashdown Group: IT Project Coordinator (Software Development) - Kingston

£45000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Project Coordinator (Software Dev...

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics - it's everywhere in the animal world

Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics

Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
13 best picnic blankets

13 best picnic blankets

Dine al fresco without the grass stains and damp bottoms with something from our pick of picnic rugs
Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings: Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'