We have to admit Kate and Prince William were super cool about letting us obsess about the royal wedding. Photographers and videographers were granted some pretty sick access during the ceremony, but we wanted to see the party! Queen Elizabeth‘s reception sounded nice and all (that cake!), but the evening reception thrown by Prince Charles sounded amazing. As such, we’ve rounded up every bit of info we could about the Buckingham Palace affair.
THE GUESTS: 300 of the couple’s nearest and dearest attended. This includes both family (Zara Phillips, the Spencer girls) and friends (college chums, ex-loves, Chelsy Davy). The Queen, however, skipped out on the night’s festivities.
THE CLOTHES: Kate wore McQueen, Pippa wore Temperley, and Princess Beatrice (she of Gaga-like hat fame) wore the same plum Marchesa number that landed Kim Kardashian on our SAG Awards worst dressed list. The dudes obviously all wore tuxes to the black tie shindig.
THE DECORATIONS: The palace’s ballroom was outfitted with 30 round tables covered in white flowers and candles. Each table was named after places that are significant to the couple (how very Bar Mitzvah of them!) — yes, there was a “St. Andrews” one. The throne room (where the dancing went down) was allegedly outfitted with a disco ball.
THE FOOD: Chef Anton Mosimann was on dinner duty, serving up dishes like dressed crab and lamb filet. Mini-puddings comprised the oh-so-British dessert course. As per Prince Harry‘s request, bacon sandwiches were passed out circa 2 a.m.
THE DRINKS: Pink champagne, peach bellinis, and elderflower cocktails were passed out before dinner, and fancy wine was poured during the meal. Champagne, mojitos, and cocktails were served later in the evening.
THE SPEECHES: Harry’s best man speech was said to be both touching (he said he loved Kate “like a sister”) and hilarious. The infamous jokester made cracks at everyone’s expense — he even quipped about Kate towering over Prince Philip. And he called William “dude” a lot! Father-of-the-bride Michael Middleton also spoke, as did a couple friends of William and the groom himself. Prince Charles had spoken at the afternoon reception, chiding William for his baldness. Like any good son, Will made a joke about his dad’s waistline in return.
THE MUSIC: There was a live band! We love live bands. Ellie Goulding played a two-hour set with said live band that included her lovely cover of Elton John‘s “Your Song”. It’s a little funny to think Goulding played an Elton John cover, when John himself was a wedding guest (though we don’t think he attended the evening reception), but whatever. Her version is amazing. This went down in the throne room, which Harry had converted into a de facto nightclub. A DJ took over after Goulding, and played house music. Needless to say, there was lots of dancing.
THE FINALE: Fireworks, duh.
THE AFTER PARTY: Guests were seen leaving the palace in minibuses around 3 a.m. Harry drove with James Middleton and assorted pals to Clarence House, while Chelsy Davy, Beatrice, and Eugenie went off to the Goring Hotel (Pippa was seen returning there, too). Were there dueling after parties? Probably not. We assume Clarence House was quite a scene, while the girls back at the Goring opted for some much needed rest.
Check out some of the late-night pictures below:
this is some kind of spaceship or something.
Bonus! Here is Ellie Goulding’s “Your Song”. Listen to it, and it will be like you too were at the party! Well, not really. But it’s still a great cover.
Royal Wedding: Inside Kate And William’s Extraordinary Palace Reception [Daily Telegraph]
Prince Harry Pays Tribute To Brother William In Best Man’s Speech [Daily Telegraph]
Harry Pays Tribute To William ‘The Dude’ [Daily Mail]