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."
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!"
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
"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."
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
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!"