A speech by the bride and a performance by Elton John

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

After sharing their love for each other with the world, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle went on to celebrate their wedding with two receptions.

Millions watched as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex tied the knot at St George’s Chapel in Windsor and waved at adoring fans during their carriage ride through the English town.

The newlyweds then attended a lunchtime reception in St George’s Hall, Windsor Castle hosted by Queen Elizabeth II with 600 guests.

Harry and Meghan rode a carriage through Windsor. Photo: Getty
The first kiss. Photo: Getty

Prince Harry is said to have given a speech, as well as his father Prince Charles.

Guests were then entertained by a performance from Elton John, revealed by Kensington Palace.

Prince Harry asked Elton John to perform, which the singer did gladly ‘in recognition of the close connection he has with Prince Harry and his family’.

Elton John performed at the newlyweds lunchtime reception. Photo: Getty

The palace did not disclose which songs the musician, who was made a knight in 1998 by the Queen, performed for the occasion.

He was a close friend of Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, and performed the song ‘Candle in the Wind’ with altered lyrics at her funeral in 1997.

Elton John performed at Princess Diana’s funeral. Photo: Getty

Of course, there was also plenty of food to go around.

Guests were served a selection of canapés, including Scottish langoustines, English asparagus and garden pea panna cotta, just to name a few selections. There was also chicken, risotto and pork belly, followed by macaroons and crème brûlée tarts for dessert.

As if that wasn’t enough there was also the wedding cake on offer, crafted by Claire Ptak it featured. elderflower syrup made at The Queen’s residence.

After a break and a dress change, the newlyweds then headed to Frogmore House for their evening reception hosted by Harry’s father the Prince of Wales.

The pair head off to their evening reception at Frogmore House. Photo: Getty

While the palace has remained tight lipped on the details of this celebration, and most will remain private, some things were revealed.

The much more intimate event, for only 200 close friends and family, will see the bride Meghan likely give a speech.

Wedding speech expert Carole Spiers said Meghan was continuing to ‘set trends and break with tradition’.

Meghan is expected to give a speech at the evening reception. Photo: Getty

“As an actress she’s used to speaking, but it’s very different speaking to camera than it is in front of lots people,” Carole told Sky News.

“No doubt she has practiced until it’s perfect.

“She just needs to be herself and enjoy the moment. It’s usually about the groom but it could in this case be about family. The most important thing will be to engage with her audience.”

The evening reception is a change for the couple to finally let their hair down. Photo: Getty

Prince William might also have a few things to say, as Harry’s best man he is expected to give a speech.

When asked about whether he was excited about being best man, Prince William reportedly responded saying “revenge is sweet”, according to Sky News.

Some reports suggest funnyman James Corden will host the evening reception.

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