EVENING RECEPTION

After having spent some hours with the closest family at Clarence House, bride and groom headed for Buckingham Palace for the evening reception. The bride had changed in another beautiful ivory dress and a mohair jacket. The strapless white satin gazar evening dress with a circle skirt and diamanté embroidered detail round the waist was also designed by Sarah Burton.

Invited were about 300 guests, mainly family and good friends. The evening which included a reception, dinner, speeches and dancing was hosted by the groom's father, the Prince of Wales. Speeches were held by Prince Harry, best man, and the bride's father Mr Michael Middleton. Prince Harry is said to have paid a moving tribute to his brother and new sister-in-law. He said that he loved Kate "like a sister".

The bridal couple's first dance was a rendition of Elton John's Your Song sung by Ellie Goulding, the only act to perform during the night. She is the couple's favourite artist. Furthermore songs requested by both the bridal couple and other guests were being played.

The first guests left the party shortly after midnight, including the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. At 2.45am a fireworks display was let off in the backgarden of Buckingham Palace. Shortly afterwards people who still wanted to go on with the party headed for the nearby Goring Hotel. Bride and groom stayed and spent their first wedding night at Buckingham Palace.
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