After the formal reception and dinner, the Queen and Prince Philip left Buckingham Palace for an undisclosed country location and left the royal residence to William and Kate at the weekend. That gave the youngsters and their friends the chance to party away the night until 3am.
The Royal couple had impressive live music, provided by rising pop star, Ellie Goulding, who has already had a hit with “Starry Eyed.” They also had a DJ. Master of ceremonies was best man, Prince Harry. He mercilessly mocked Prince William’s thinning hair and the newlyweds’ new titles, dubbing them “the dude and the duchess.”
The young British singer, Ellie Goulding, sang a cover version of Elton John’s “Your Song” was played for the traditional first dance of the evening. Prince William and Catherine danced cheek to cheek for just 30 seconds of that before demanding a livelier song. Elton John was a favorite artist and close personal friend of William’s late mother, Diana. He attended the Royal Wedding with his civil partner, David Furnish.
Ellie Goulding said she will “never” forget performing at the royal wedding reception. The “Starry Eyed” hit-maker said it was an “Amazing honor” to be asked by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to sing for the 300 guests at the wedding party.
The older members of the Royal family, such as the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, left the party before midnight. But best man Prince Harry made sure the party stayed in full swing right into the early hours and as part of it, friends serenaded the couple with the Beatles chorus “She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah.”
The champagne flowed freely at the party, but there were also potent Mojitos and Crack Baby cocktails of vodka, passion fruit, raspberry liqueur and champagne. The snacks included popcorn and Haribo sweets.
The final song of the night was Kings of Leon’s “Sex on Fire”. Telling them this was to be the last song, Prince Harry told guests, “This has been a great night but please respect the family and those upstairs when you leave. And don’t wake up the neighbours.” He then dedicated the song to his brother.