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Friday morning at 6:00 am Eastern time, Prince William will marry his commoner bride, Catherine Middleton in historic Westminster Abbey.

Media coverage is reaching a frenzy, with almost no story angle or detail left unexamined.

The biggest fuss is over the pond, in England. But Canada is a constitutional monarchy, which means William is in line to head the country one day, just as his grandmother, Elizabeth the second, is Canada's current Queen.

Lucy Martin strolled her own rural village of Kars, Ontario, to gauge interest in the big event. She talked with Judy Seabrook, Perry Adams of Kars, salon owner Gabriele Walker, customer Don Stoodley from Ottawa and customers at Kelly's Hair Place, Hilda Arnold and Ann, both from Manotick, Ontario. She started with her next-door neighbor.

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Lucy Martin
Ottawa Correspondent

Reporter: “Are you going to watch the royal wedding, Judy?”

Judy Seabrook: “Of course! I'm going to watch the royal wedding. But I'm going to watch it on tape. I just love the pomp and ceremony! And I love the horses, and the royal family. So, yeah, I'll be interested.”

Reporter: “Mm-hm. Do you think the monarchy will be a part of Canada forever?”

Judy Seabrook: “Yes. I do. Yes.”

Reporter: “And you're OK with that?”

Judy Seabrook: “Yes. Yes. I think it brings the country together – Britain. And they'll make a fortune off the tourists. So I think it's great, for them. I wish I was there!” (laughs)

Perry Adams: “Perry Adams, in Kars. I'm not going to go out of my way to watch it. It's nice to see a couple that's been together for quite some time, you know, getting married and all. It's certainly a shame what happened to his mom, and that. It's always nice to see a good story in this world, the way it is today.”

Reporter: “Do they look happy to you?”

Perry Adams: “I think so. I mean, they're obviously well-coached, but for the most part, I think they're smart people and know what they're in to.”

Reporter: “Who do you know that's going to watch the wedding? Anyone? No one?”

Perry Adams: “No one my age!” (laughter)

Perry Adams: “I know I have young guys that work for me, in their early to mid twenties and marriage means nothing to them. It's more the ladies that are thinking that way. But it is a different generation – there's no doubt about that.”

 (At Gabriele's Beauty Salon, with a blow drier blasting throughout this next section)

Reporter: “We're in the salon, the hub of the village!”

Gabriele Walker: “There you go! But I'm very happy for them and I hope they have a very happy life.”

Reporter: “Will you watch the wedding at all?”

Gabriele Walker: “Sure I will!”

Reporter: “Have people been talking about this?”

Gabriele Walker: “Absolutely! That and the government.” (Laughter)

Reporter: “Who's ahead, in terms of interest? The wedding or the election?”

Gabriele Walker: “I think the election.”

Reporter: “Is that good? Bad? Indifferent?”

Gabriele Walker: “You know something? I always say, may the biggest liar win! (laughter) And they say in the hair salon we shouldn't talk about religion, politics or whatever. But I do anyway. It makes my life interesting!”

Don Stoodley: “Don Stoodley, I live in Ottawa. I think it's great and it's part of our heritage and under the British system Canada has done better than almost any other country. I don't know if I'll get up at six o' clock to see it, but I'm all for them, and I'm worried about security, because there's always weirdos around. My mother's side, Ireland. My Dad, maybe England, and my Grandmother's from Glasgow.”

Reporter: “That's a nice melting pot right there, isn't it?”

Don Stoodley: “It is, yes. It's a nice heritage to have.”

------ (Kelly's Hair Place and two customers there)

Hilda Arnold: “I'm Hilda Arnold, I live in Manotick. I'm English. So, obviously, I see it, yeah.”

Reporter: “But it isn't necessarily true than anyone English is going potty over it?”

Hilda Arnold: “No! Just come back from there, and no! They're not! And I was there, actually, when they got engaged, last year. And I just came back, on Sunday. And the English people do get a holiday, on Friday. They won't be, necessarily be watching the wedding, though! So they get off, the four days of Easter, then they're back at work, then Friday's a day off for the wedding. And then Saturday, Sunday and Monday is May first, I guess. So, because of the wedding, they get lots of time off. But they aren't necessarily, you know? Wedding fans, or royalty fans.”

Ann: “My name is Ann and I live in Manotick. I'm a monarchist. Because I'm old! I think that's the reason! WhenI was a youngster, we just had radio. And the King's Speech was a big deal. (with jesting emphasis) We stood at attention!! Not necessarily, but some did! Ah, no, no, no! I remember the king speaking, as a youngster. And it was a very, very, very important thing. Mind you, the wars were on. And, you know, our family had lost someone important in the First World War, so, you know? (Reporter: “It matters.”) It mattered. Exactly, right. It mattered a lot! Um-hm!”

Reporter: “Will you watch this wedding?”

Ann: “You bet!”

Reporter: “In real time?”

Ann: “No, no, no, no! (laughter) I'm too old for that!” (laughter)

Reporter: “Do you think this will strengthen the role of the monarchy, as being part of Canada's constitutional government structure?”

Ann: “No, I just think it's a bread and circuses thing. And if you like that kind of thing, you like it. The Americans, for example, they're just having – lapping it all up!”

Reporter: “I keep hearing that. People say that the Yanks like this even better than the Commonwealth Countries.”

Ann: “Sure!  Sure, sure, sure! Because celebrities are a way of life, entertainment is the biggest business in the United States.”

Reporter: “And what could be bigger than (Ann:“Exactly!”) a big blow out?  With royalty?”

Ann: “Exactly! There we have it!”

Lucy Martin spoke with people in Kars, Ontario about Friday's Royal Wedding.

We heard from Judy Seabrook, Perry Adams of Kars, salon owner Gabriele Walker, customer Don Stoodley from Ottawa and customers at Kelly's Hair Place, Hilda Arnold and Ann, both from Manotick, Ontario.

Television coverage of the royal wedding on many networks begins in the wee hours of Friday morning, with the ceremony itself at 6:00 am Friday, Eastern time.

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