As daylight diminished, a second round of royal festivities began for the choice guests. Upon entering the Palace Courtyard, guests were served champagne and cocktails with the sound of bagpipes in the background. Shortly thereafter, guests proceeded to the Palace’s Ballroom where they were surrounded by the glow of beautiful white candles and white flowers. Each guest was then handed a little envelope with their table seating. Each table represented a treasured place in the history of the royal couple; names included Mount Kenya (where Prince William spent time during his courtship with Kate), Tetbury (Prince William’s country home), St. Andrews (where both Prince William and Kate attended University), and various other cherished places.
Upon rejoining the party, the Prince looked dashingly handsome in his black tie tuxedo and the Princess looked equally stunning in her elegant strapless white satin dress with diamante waist and angora cardigan designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.
Dinner was created by renowned chef Anton Mosimann, owner of Mosimann’s private dining club in Belgravia and included: terrine of dressed crab and tiger prawns, Aberdeen Angus beef fillet, Welsh lamb, spring vegetables and an assortment of mini-puddings, chocolate fondant and homemade ice cream.
After drinking and feasting, the dancing began! The Throne Room was recreated as a dance floor complete with stage, bar, strobe lights, and sofas. English pop star Ellie Goulding serenaded the couple with their first dance to Elton John’s “Your Song.” The evening ended with the last dance of the night “She Loves You,” by the Beatles after which the fireworks immediately went off with a bang!
After 350 years of unprecedented history, the fairytale ending is complete; commoner weds prince.