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Originally published Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 2:33 PM

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Where to celebrate locally; big bash in Victoria, B.C.

Seattle-area spots planning parties around the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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Can't bear to watch William and Kate's wedding on your own? Some places throwing open the doors for wedding-day viewing parties:

• Sorrento Hotel extends a special price for its afternoon tea — $29 — to Saturday and Sunday, too. 900 Madison St., Seattle; (206-622-6400 or www.opentable.com).

• The George and Dragon pub in Fremont put the royal wedding on the telly starting at 10 a.m. Friday. 206 N. 36th St. (206-545-6864 or www.georgeanddragonpub.com).

• The Market Arms in Ballard is serving mimosas, Pimm's and cucumber sandwiches. The wedding's on the telly, too, of course, today. 2401 N.W. Market St.; (www.themarketarms.com).

As you might expect, the big bash for the region's royalphiles is at The Fairmont Empress hotel in Victoria, B.C., which offers guests a package of viewing and breakfast, which started at 3 a.m. Friday. Later in the day, a picnic and tea takes over the hotel's lawn. A $150-per-person "Royal Empress Room Dinner," served on the same china that Queen Elizabeth used during a visit, is offered each night of the weekend.

Read more about the Victoria celebration in the Times-Colonist newspaper in Victoria, B.C.: www.timescolonist.com.

Seattle Times features staff

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