NC residents cheer for royal wedding

Posted April 29, 2011 12:33 p.m. EDT
Updated April 29, 2011 1:11 p.m. EDT

— North Carolinians crowded before televisions early Friday to watch as Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton exchanged vows at Westminster Abbey.

"I thought it was really cool because a new princess was being born," Hailey Moon, 11, said. 

Moon was among 50 women and children who attended a viewing party at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.

“You can’t DVR it. You got to see it live,” viewer Lyssa Barnes said.

Barnes said the event was similar to a sporting event. 

"Girls were cheering for the hats, cheering for the dress, yelling, getting riled up and yelling at the screen," she said. "You would be surprised at what women do when men aren't around." 

There were also some tender moments, like when Kate and William exchanged vows. 

"Seeing this on TV, you wish them well," event organizer Kristen Moon said. "You're really seeing that love in action. We all want to be loved inside, and that's what it's all about." 

A similar viewing party in Raleigh featured all things British. Guests waved British flags and wore tiaras and wedding attire.