April 29, 2011 / 2:06 PM / 8 years ago

Couples wed in New York's Times Sqare in honor of Royals

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, kiss as they stand on the balcony at Buckingham Palace with other members of the Royal Family, after their wedding in Westminster Abbey, in central London April 29, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Staples

NEW YORK (Reuters) -Royal wedding fans braved an early morning in New York on Friday to celebrate the marriage of Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton with street celebrations and to watch three couples tie the knot in Times Square.

About 200 people gathered in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village to watch the wedding on TV and to munch on a British breakfast in a restaurant bedecked with the Union Jack flag.

Others watched the ceremony on a giant projection from Brooklyn, some dressed up in tiaras and frilly hats.

Cable TV station TLC sought to boost ratings by organizing the wedding of three couples on a stage set-up just above Manhattan’s busy Times Square intersection.

“It’s amazing it’s the same day, it feels a little bit for them,” said groom Hector Abreu, 27. “No it’s for us,” butted in his future bride Candice Chapman.

The weddings were timed to happen roughly 30 minutes after the Westminster Abbey ceremony, and were cheered on by the applause of a live audience listening to the presenters through ear phones.

“This is better than London any day, right guys?” said host Randy Fenoli. The audience, perhaps unconvinced, clapped halfheartedly.

Reporting by Basil Katz, Tara Cleary and Gemma Haines; Editing by Greg McCune

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