WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At the upcoming wedding of British Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle, she may not be on the menu, but some Americans will nudge the lucky couple with a "Markle Sparkle".
To give the Americans a foretaste of what they declined over 240 years ago, a Washington Bar will be shown in honor of the wedding in a British royal family theme.
"You know, we're pretty excited like Americans," Andy Raibins said as he waited in line for the photo shoot of the bar. "You know, we have an American who joins the royal family."
Harry, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth and sixth in the line of succession, will be closing in on May 19 at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, home to the League with British Kings and Queens for almost 1,000 years. Since her announcement in November, the couple has celebrated big gigs in public appearances.
The Royal Wedding Pub, the latest addition to a bar with ever-changing themes near Howard University, has been transformed into a sort of St. George's Chapel with vaulted ceilings and stained-glass windows.
The transformation that took "weeks and weeks" is "the second best thing to actually be there," boasted Adriana Salame, designer and project manager of the bar owned by The Drink Company.
"You get a bit of room," she said.
The crowd of mostly young women was a source of fascination, the elegant headgear of the British kings and summer dresses, and posed for life-sized cardboard cut-outs of the future bride and groom, the queen like William and Kate, whose 2011 wedding also caught the world's attention.
Several guests said they looked up to the Los Angeles-born Markle, whose films include "Horrible Bosses" and appear on the television series "Suits."
"I think she's a great example of a modern woman. I take on this very traditional role and really make her her own, and that's why I really admire her very much," said Katlain Borows, who was dressed similarly to Markle.
The drinks menu features British-style cocktails in the memorabilia Harry and Meghan. Four bartenders shake up their music to a Beatles and other British band soundtrack and create special cocktails such as "When Harry met Meghan" and "American Princess".
And that "Markle Sparkle?" it, Kelly Horn explained as she took a sip.
Letter from Peter Szekely; Editing by Richard Chang