CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicagoans wanting to feel a part of Friday’s royal celebration headed to the Gold Coast in stylish dresses and fancy hats.
It was high tea, held in a spot with a royal connection, CBS 2′S Derrick Blakley reports.
For Chicago’s most ardent Anglophiles, watching all that London pageantry just once wasn’t nearly enough. So they went to a Royal Wedding instant replay, a special high tea celebration at the Drake Hotel.
It was a festival of fancy hats and fancy sweets, mixed with snobby British sentiment.
For some, it was the kiss between Prince William and his bride, Kate Middleton. For others, it was the dress. And for many more, it all harkened back to Princess Diana, who stayed at the Drake when she visited Chicago in 1996.
“I was obsessed with Princess Diana when I was younger,” Pam Adelman said. “I kind of got away from it in the last few years, but (with) this whole Royal Wedding thing, it started all over again.”
For nearly all women — men were in very short supply — it was a delicious, dress-up fantasy.
“It’s just fun. There’s so much in the news that’s disheartening and really kind of weighs on the human spirit, and this is just an escape,” Kate Vergara said.
There’s another royal connection for the Drake. Queen Elizabeth took tea there when she visited Chicago in 1958.
The six-room Princess Diana suite is available to commoners at $6,000 a night.