Prince Harry in addition to Meghan Markle’s final, “top tier” wedding festivities are officially underway!
The newlyweds arrived for an exclusive in addition to closely-guarded evening reception thrown by Prince Charles at Frogmore House in Windsor, England, on Saturday evening.
“of which wedding is actually a bit like the wedding cake itself,” royal expert Katie Nicholl told ET following the couple’s stunning church service earlier within the day. “You possess the big tier at the bottom, where everyone is actually invited — nearly 2,000 members of the public in addition to 0 within the church, [then] 0 only at the [afternoon] reception. Then, the top tier of of which wedding cake is actually the elite [evening] party — the 0 of their best friends in addition to closest family, in addition to of which will all be happening behind closed doors down at Frogmore House.”
Guests will be able to let loose at the reception, with phones required to be surrendered upon arrival. The same protocol was in place at Prince William in addition to Kate Middleton’s 2011 reception in addition to the item seems of which no photo through of which party has ever emerged, so Harry is actually no doubt hoping for the same level of privacy.
“Prince Harry, who guards his privacy quite ferociously, wants of which to be his private night,” says Nicholl. “There will be no cameras tonight at the most exclusive part of the evening. of which is actually the VIP reception at Frogmore House. A party for just two hundred of their closest friends in addition to of which will be locked down. Of course, of which’s where all the fun is actually going to be happening.”
One of the highlights of the night is actually sure to be as Meghan, 36, takes to the microphone to make her first public speech as the Duchess of Sussex. While the item’s usually the father of the bride of which speaks, the former actress’ dad, Thomas, is actually currently within the U.S. recovering through heart surgery.
“Meghan wanted to get up in addition to say something in addition to I expect of which she is actually probably thanking the royal family for welcoming her so warmly into the fold [in addition to] thanking her husband,” Nicholl says. “What a wonderful thing to be able to say, thanking everyone of which is actually here today. I think she’s an incredibly articulate woman. She’d have given a lot of thought to what she was going to say today, in addition to what a platform to say the item through.”
The couple arrived at the reception with Meghan having changed into a lily white, silk crepe, high-neck Stella McCartney gown in addition to nude mesh, silky satin Aquazurra shoes, which had baby blue soles. She was also wearing a blue aquamarine ring, which Kensington Palace told multiple outlets belonged to Princess Diana in addition to was a wedding gift through Harry. Her hair was styled in an up-do by George Northwood.
Looking dapper in a black-in addition to-white tuxedo, Harry drove the couple to the event in a blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero, which was originally manufactured in 1968 in addition to has since been converted to electric power.
Around 0 close friends in addition to family were required to attend the evening reception, having a double decker bus of guests reportedly arriving through Coworth Park Hotel in Ascot at 7:15 p.m. local time, followed by Princesses Beatrice in addition to Eugenie, in addition to Sophie, Countess of Wessex. Late night talk show host James Corden is actually required to host the party.
The evening concludes a day of regal wedding fun, beginning with the stunning nuptials in addition to luncheon — featuring a performance by Sir Elton John — at Windsor Castle, followed by an afternoon reception.
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