All the Details from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Lunch Reception
It was hosted by the Queen and featured an incredible musical performance.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were officially married this morning, but, just like any other wedding, the party didn't really start until the reception kicked off. Or if you're the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the second reception. Their first, however was definitely one to remember, thanks to a heartfelt speech from the groom, an incredible musical performance, and the distinguished host-the Queen herself.
Over 600 guests, including the newlywed's families and their celebrity friends, attended the couple's luncheon at St. George's Hall in Windsor Castle. The attendees noshed on bite-sized snacks (designed to be eaten while walking and talking!) and cut into the duo's lemon-elderflower wedding cake, which was created by Claire Ptak.
The party also saw its fair share of speeches. It's rumored that Prince Charles delivered an address to the bride and groom. Prince Harry, of course, was sure to toast his bride and thank his guests. An unnamed guest told People that the groom got a round of cheers whenever he used the phrase "my wife and I."
Before wrapping up his speech, Prince Harry was sure to introduce a very special guest. He jokingly asked "Does anyone here know how to play the piano?" before handing the mic over to the legendary musician, Sir Elton John. The Rocket Man's set included "Your Song," "Circle of Life," "I'm Still Standing," and "Tiny Dancer," all of which were performed on the reception space's piano. Several of his selected tunes had special meaning. The lyrics of "Tiny Dancer" refer to an "L.A. lady," which was likely a nod to the bride's acting career. "Your Song" was just as special-Ellie Goulding covered this melody at Prince William and Kate Middleton's 2011 nuptials.
The musical component of the wedding day was important to both the bride and groom. Harry's known for having multiple high-profile musical connections, so it makes sense that he'd have a few A-lister performers up his sleeve. We'll have to wait and see if we hear any performance info from the twosome's second reception, but here's hoping there's video footage.