May 17, 2018 7:07 pm
Updated: May 17, 2018 7:32 pm

Calgarians to celebrate royal wedding of Prince Harry: ‘Bad boy turned good!’

WATCH: It's a city that may be quite a ways from Windsor, but the royal wedding watch is definitely on in Calgary. Here's Gil Tucker with people setting the stage to celebrate with snacks and souvenirs.

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It’s an item Wendy Cosens knew she had to have the moment she laid eyes on it: a shopping bag featuring photos of Prince Harry and his bride-to-be .

“How could you not like that?” Cosens said with a smile.

Cosens was among the crowd of people snapping up souvenirs at the British Pantry store in northwest Calgary on Thursday.

Along with commemorative collectables, they’re also buying snacks and decorations for royal wedding viewing parties they’ll be hosting on Saturday.

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Lisa Shelley stopped in to pick up a large basket of British treats for an event she’s organizing, something that’s bringing back memories of the last big royal wedding, when Harry’s brother William married Kate Middleton in April 2011.

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“I lived in London for the William and Kate wedding,” Shelley said. They passed by in a little carriage. They’re very gracious. They were waving.”

British Pantry employee Julie Williams was enjoying showing shoppers her cherished souvenirs.

“This (tea towel) is actually from Windsor Castle, where the wedding’s going to be,” Williams said.

She’s just returned to Calgary from a visit home to the U.K.

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“It’s lovely to be at the castle again,” Williams said. “I used to live by there, so I used to go all the time.”

She feels the souvenirs help celebrate a positive new direction for Prince Harry.

“He was a bit of a wild youth, wasn’t he? Everyone likes to see him settle down. Bad boy turned good,” she said with a laugh.

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On Saturday, May 19 at 4:30 a.m. ET/ 1:30 a.m. PT, Global’s coverage kicks into high gear with special Harry & Meghan: Their Love Story, hosted by Cheryl Hickey and Dawna Friesen. The one-hour show takes a closer look at the couple’s whirlwind romance. From their secret rendezvous in Toronto to Markle taking a leap of faith by hopping the pond, the special features interviews with royal and celebrity insiders Andrew Morton, Katie Nicholl and Shinan Govani.

Global’s wedding day coverage continues live at 5:30 a.m. ET/ 2:30 a.m. PT with Harry & Meghan: The Royal Wedding, broadcasting live from Windsor, U.K. with hosts Cheryl Hickey, Sangita Patel and Dawna Friesen, who are joined by special guest Ross Mathews (Celebrity Big Brother). With expert celebrity knowledge, comedic flair and a love of all things pop culture, Mathews is the perfect complement to co-host the five-and-a-half hour program.

Along with drop-in guests including royal expert and author Phil Dampier and powerhouse celebrity publicist Simon Jones, the broadcast will chronicle all the details of the royal wedding, including the procession to St George’s Chapel and Markle walking down the aisle.

Coverage of the event continues into the evening with the final U.K. edition of Global National recapping the day at 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT. Then, the highly anticipated movie Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT on W Network, kicking off the specialty network’s Always & Forever event of four weekends filled with back-to-back wedding-themed movies celebrating the newlyweds.

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