RICHLAND — Among the estimated billions of people watching as Kate Middleton and Prince William say their "I dos" today will be the Low family -- Mom, Dad, seven children and eight grandchildren.
It doesn't matter that Ellen and Nick Low will be in the Tri-Cities and their children and grandchildren will be thousands of miles and eight time zones apart in England.
"Watching royal weddings is a family tradition," Ellen Low said.
The Lows will be watching the royal nuptials on CNN while their children and grandchildren tune in to the BBC.
Ellen Low is an American citizen; her husband, Nick, is English. They met and married in England, and lived in Lincoln, Lincolnshire County, for 30 years. The couple moved to the Tri-Cities two years ago when she was hired as the director of the CREHST museum in Richland.
Her husband retains his British citizenship, and their children have dual British and American citizenship.
Because of those ties, and all the time she has lived in England, Ellen Low has a love for all things British, including royal weddings.
"I mean, who could resist all that pomp?" she joked.
The Lows still were living in England in 1981 when Princess Diana and Prince Charles wed and when Prince Andrew married Sarah "Fergie" Ferguson in 1986.
"We all watched the weddings on television and oohed and ahhed over the ceremonies," Ellen Low said.
They will be doing the same today.
To get into the royal wedding mood, Low and several staff members at CREHST donned their "crowns" and wedding finery Thursday. Aluminum foil turned their cardboard props from Burger King into silver crowns each topped with an atomic marble jewel sold at the museum gift shop.
The Lows planned to tune in at 1 a.m. when all the pre-ceremony coverage began.
"And we'll still be watching at 8 a.m. for 'The Kiss,' on the balcony of Buckingham Castle," she said. "Though I'll likely have to poke my husband occasionally to keep him awake."
Instead of fanciness, the Lows likely will do a pajama party.
"No one will know, I can always wear my crown," she said. "We'll watch all the coverage. You know they'll broadcast every last detail down to what (Kate's) underpanties are."
The Lows will be texting, posting messages on Facebook and phoning each other during the hours-long bridal hoopla.
Then they will enjoy their own version of the wedding banquet. For Ellen and Nick Low, that likely will be tea and crumpets before heading off to the museum.
"I can't take the day off," Ellen Low said. "Our annual Spring Fling fundraiser is Saturday."
Those who would like to attend can buy tickets at the door, $70 for non-museum members. Admission includes dinner and dancing to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Band from the University of Idaho.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Pasco Red Lion Hotel.
Come Sunday, Ellen Low said, "I'll likely collapse in a heap."