Excitement is ramping up over the royal wedding.
But there’s more to commemorating the occasion than just turning on the TV.
So wtrf.com turned to our favorite expert on all things British.
Clare McDonald of Wheeling is an occupational therapist, wife and mother.
But she’s actually also still a British citizen.
She grew up about 25 miles from Windsor Castle, where the wedding will take place.
First of all, Clare is delighted with the royal couple.
“They just seem so relaxed and they care for each other very dearly,” she noted.
Clare sees Princess Diana’s human influence in many of the wedding plans–the music, the inclusion of children, no heads of state.
“Just trying to keep this a balance between all the pomp and circumstance and a measure of fun and happiness and I think that is a tribute to her,” she said.
She says fashion designers will study every aspect of the bridal gown–from neckline to train–and they’ll snap into action, churning out knock-offs within hours.
“Usually by the end of the day, some design company will have the dress ready for sale,” she said.
She calls Meghan Markle’s father’s debacle with the paparazzi “unfortunate.”
“And we’ll probably never know the real story,” she added. “But it would be good if his health is taken care of, and at some point, this can be remedied.”
So what should we do as we watch the royal wedding at home?
First, Clare advises, wear a nice hat.
“Possibly have some strawberries and cream and sip some champagne,” she suggests. “That seems like a civilized thing to do. And you know, if it’s a little too early for champagne, maybe some Earl Grey tea and cucumber sandwiches. How’s that?”
Clare will actually be traveling to a family wedding out of town while the royal wedding is under way.
But she says her husband and son are setting up an iPad so she can watch it in the car.