We Were There!

updated 05/16/2011 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/16/2011 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Jessica Spence, Chelsea Spence and Susanna Brockman

ZIMBABWE AND MARYLAND

While growing up, the sisters and their friend "all had crushes" on Prince William, says Jessica. "We had posters of him on our walls."

Sheryl Miller

SAN FRANCISCO

When she learned that Will and Kate were getting married, "I booked my flight right away," says the actress, 48. "It's every girl's dream to grow up and become a princess. The next best thing is coming to be a part of the festivities!"

Efrayim Goldstein

LONDON

The director of a safety group, 22, cuddled his nephew, who lives in the U.S. "The monarchy is a tradition here. I want him to know what it's like to be British."

Sally and Adam Stoodley

ALTON, ENGLAND

"It's a privilege to see this," says the royal fan, 71, who camped out with her grandson, 19. Says Adam: "I love getting to spend time with my grandmother."

Leslie Haynes

WASHINGTON, D.C.

The FDA staffer, 51, was devastated by Diana's death. "Everyone hoped Will would turn out okay. And he did! I hope he knows he has many mothers out here-women who think of him protectively, like a mother."

Orestes Nicolaou and Louis Friedlander

LONDON

The 18-year-old students serve in the Combined Cadet Force. "I like that Will has a military career," says Friedlander. And Kate? "She's gorgeous!"

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