Once the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were properly wed, they had two receptions to attend: the first celebration was hosted by The Queen and took place immediately after the ceremony at St George’s Hall in Windsor Castle. Six hundred guests were in attendance to sip on champagne, munch on canapés and watch the cutting of that lemon and elderflower sponge cake. They also enjoyed some lovely speeches by Prince Charles and Harry.
But a few hours later is when the real party began. Only 200 people made the cut for the private event hosted by Charles and Camilla at Frogmore House, a half mile from Windsor Castle (which also served as the spot Harry and Meghan’s engagement photos were taken). And while Kensington Palace didn’t release much information about what went down behind Frogmore’s walls, thankfully some of those in attendance were more than happy to spill the beans.
Much more formal than the Queen’s lunchtime reception, royal chef Mark Flanagan worked with Meghan and Harry to create a menu that included seasonal ingredients sourced from the Queen’s estates. “There’s no experimentation on Saturday whatsoever, tried and tested and predominantly classics,” Flanagan told reporters last week.
But according to the Daily Mail, cotton candy, burgers and ice cream were available as the night went on, along with whisky, beer and cocktails from around the world, including a signature drink called “When Harry Met Meghan,” a combination of rum and ginger (get it?) beer.
And for those who stayed late into the night? They were offered bacon or sausage sandwiches for the journey home. So thought out.
The guests may have had to hand in their phones before the reception, but some managed to show off their change of clothes from wedding attire to party gowns.
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And, of course, the newlyweds themselves.
Troian Bellisario, wife of Meghan’s Suits co-star Patrick Adams, shared videos of herself and actresses Abigail Spencer and Sarah Rafferty getting off the bus as they traded in their stilettos for an alternative provided by the bride.
“How amazing is this?,” Bellisario can be heard saying in one of the videos. “These shoes have come off. They have slippers for us. Slippers!”
Serena didn’t need them, however.
Meghan broke with tradition, as the bride typically doesn’t deliver a speech during royal weddings, and thanked Harry and his family for their kindness and hospitality, reports the Mail. Harry responded with words of his own, praising Meghan for “navigating everything with such grace,” adding, “We make such a great team. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you.” GAH!
Prince William joined in, saying how proud their mother would have been, and that “Meghan was the best thing to happen to Harry.” He also is reported to have said, “My brother is clearly in love. Being in love is like a little boy wetting himself. You don’t know you are doing it, everyone else knows and you get a warm feeling.” Ha! So poetic.
Then things reportedly took a rowdy turn when Harry’s longtime pals Charlie van Straubenzee, his older brother Thomas, and Tom Inskip said a few words, in which they may or may not have mentioned that infamous 2012 trip to Las Vegas. Not awkward at all.
DJ Sam Totolee got the dancing started, playing many of Harry’s favourite house and R&B tracks. Idris Elba apparently took a turn on the decks to play some soul classics as well.
George Clooney ran the tequila bar which naturally served his brand, Casamigos. (Please don’t say that’s how he and Amal scored their invites.) And there were drinking games, including beer pong, which Serena naturally crushed.
Meghan and Harry’s first dance? Whitney Houston‘s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Amazing.
According to the Mail‘s source, Harry danced “furiously” to the music, while Clooney danced with both duchesses, Meghan and Kate. But things got even better thanks to a dance-off orchestrated by James Corden, of course, which involved Harry, Wills and their dad. No word on who won. All we know is the grand scheme of things, Harry and Meghan are the winners in our book.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday. They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world #RoyalWedding