By Patrick Hedlund
DNAinfo News Editor
EAST VILLAGE — The royal couple arrived in the East Village this weekend, in the form a new mural on East Houston Street celebrating the princely pair.
Street artist Antonio "Chico" Garcia spent all day Saturday painting the massive piece near the corner of Avenue B, inspired by the international frenzy surrounding the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
He spent more than 12 hours working on the mural — which features a portrait of the couple surrounded by cherubs and a pair of Buckingham Palace guards — before returning again on Sunday to add some finishing touches.
"People are going crazy, they love it," said Garcia, who's painted countless murals throughout the East Village and Lower East Side over the years. "It's special for them to see."
Local residents familiar with the artist's work appreciated getting the royal treatment in their neighborhood.
"It looks like a fairytale," said Migdalia Otero, 60, as she passed by the piece Sunday. "I think they make a wonderful pair."