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Central New Yorkers reflect on Royal Wedding

People gather to watch the royal wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton on a big screen at Marine Park in South Shields, England, Friday, April 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

The royal wedding is just days away, and tens of thousands of fans will gather hoping to catch a glimpse of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

Markle’s father Thomas Markle will not walk her down the aisle.

He's said to be back in the hospital for heart surgery after chest pains on Monday.

The palace has not announced any alternative plans, but it's looking like it could be Meghan's mother Doria Ragland walking her down the aisle.

The major difference from past royal weddings the bride is American that change could have an impact on the ceremony itself.

Royal watchers call it the wedding of the year.

From the United Kingdom to the United States it's something everyone is talking about.

"I just love everything British I love the royal family I love following them. It's just so different it's like a fairytale world,” said Cazenovia resident Michaela Grainger.

"I got better things to do than that,” said Cazenovia resident Nicholas Koennecke.

Judith Warburton, owner of Lavender Blue in Cazenovia, has a special connection to the royal wedding.

Warburton grew up in England and understands the fascination with the big day.

“We wanna participate in something that is very traditional, very surprising its a bit of a fairytale,” Warburton said.

As people pop into her charming boutique, they're busy buzzing about Prince Harry and the bride-to-be Meghan Markle.

Warburton says British weddings are quite different from American ones. Filled with fascinators and big hats.

"Typically, you would it was an occasion for hats. It's like the Kentucky Derby as here or the hats that people wear, and I think at this royal wedding they'll be a wonderful selection of hats as well,” said Warburton.

Royal weddings are held in the grand halls of Westminster Abbey, but Meghan and Harry will tie the knot in Windsor Castle instead.

“This royal couple they are breaking tradition and being married in a different place than the normal venue,” said Warburton.

Whether you're royalty or not it's the place to be this weekend.

Watching from afar on television here in Central New York as the world welcomes a new member of the royal family.

“I think it brings perhaps more than other previous weddings, brings a person that everybody relates to,” said Warburton.

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