A Royal Affair

| April 27, 2011
Prince William and Catherine Middleton

Copyright 2010 Mario Testino Prince William and Kate Middleton are set to be married on Friday.

If you believe the recently released 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll, 65 percent of Americans have zero interest in Friday’s Royal Wedding between Prince William and Catherine Middleton, compared to 4 percent of those who are interested in everything about the nuptials and wish they could attend.

Count Chris Fulkerson and Cindy Bouchard among the latter.

The gal pals will host a group of their friends at Fulkerson’s home for an early-morning wedding watch party that will begin around 5 a.m. “There was a group of us that got together for Princess Diana’s funeral (in 1997), so it was only natural,” she said.

Upon their arrival, attendees will be given bridesmaid veils and served mimosas and coffee. They’ll dine on fresh fruit, cupcakes in champagne glasses and frittatas made by chef John Varanese, who owns the Frankfort Avenue hotspot bearing his last name. Lynda Lambert of 102.3 The Max will call-in to her co-hosts, Aaron Miller and George Lindsey, throughout the morning to give updates on the happenings at Fulkerson’s home. “We’re so excited about that,” Fulkerson said.

Who hasn’t watched the romance between William and Kate blossom, said Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear. “I just think it’s magical. It’s an exciting time for them particularly but also for the world to watch. We wish them the very best,” she said. “It is a difficult lifestyle that they will lead in a fishbowl, but …they seem to be very mature young people.”

Leslie Dorris was just an infant when Princess Diana married Prince Charles and doesn’t exactly remember watching the wedding, though her mother swears she did. This time around, Dorris has invited her friends to spend the night before or come over early on Friday for a breakfast featuring scones, pound cake with preserves, mimosas and hot tea as they watch live coverage of the lengthy wedding ceremony.

Prince William and Catherine Middleton

Copyright 2010 Mario Testino

“It has nothing to do with wanting to be a princess,” said Dorris. “It’s a fascination with the royal monarchy. … I was so excited to see (Prince William and Kate Middleton) truly stay together. I like to think if you date someone for 10 years it’ll end like this, in a fairy tale.”

Middleton’s status as a commoner who captured the heart of a royal is “fabulous,” said Dorris. “She’s a regular woman but just shows so much class. Kate has been so tight lipped. While the gossip reader in me would like to know more, I think it just shows her character.”

The friendship evident between the two is inspiring to watch, said Jessica Moore, who was 1 when Princess Diana wed Prince Charles. “They seem very genuinely in love and that they were best friends before stepping into marriage. Who wouldn’t long to have that in a relationship.”

Moore’s mother, Susan Moore, fondly recalls watching Prince William’s parents wed three decades ago and expects her fellow baby boomers are among those who will tune in the most. “We embraced that wedding and now that her son is coming along, we want to see the same thing and an enchanted event for them all,” she said.

The wedding is a an easy escape from everyday life and an opportunity to vicariously experience Kate Middleton’s storybook romance, said Teresa Hudson. “People here want to be princesses. … You want your child to meet Prince Charming.”

Hudson’s daughter, Kayla, 10, said she wouldn’t mind having the title of princess because it would be “really fun and about being polite and dressed up and having a lot of fun friends and everything.”

But Kayla isn’t aspiring to be a real royal. “I want to be a teacher,” she said.

Contact writer Angie Fenton at angie@voice-tribune.com or 502.551.2698.

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Angie Fenton
Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.

Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.

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