Everything We Know About Harry and Meghan's Royal Wedding Reception and After-Party

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Everything We Know About Harry and Meghan's Royal Wedding Reception and After-Party

Elton John played a few songs, naturally.

After the pomp and pageantry of the royal wedding, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, aka Harry and Meghan, were eager to return to the quiet life, and skipped a reception or after party in favor of an evening at home together, reveling in marital bliss. Kidding! Prince Charles hosted a huge party for them, they looked absolutely amazing on the way there, and we've rounded up every tidbit of information we could find about what all went on. Here, everything to know about the evening festivities:

Markle wore a high-necked Stella McCartney dress to the reception.

It was so good.

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WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex leave Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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The "knee's up" was at Frogmore House.

Page Six reported that they took a "1968 Jaguar to Frogmore House where the second reception will be held. Traditionally known as a “Knees Up” to the Brits, guests get to let loose after a day of traditional services. The bash was hosted by Prince Charles, where it was widely reported that Markle would break with tradition and give a speech of her own. The license plate on the sleek sportscar read “E190518,” the couple’s wedding date." Cute!

The afterparty was extra-exclusive.

So, it seems like 600 guests were at the afternoon reception, but the party after that was more exclusive. For instance, Meghan's co-stars from Suits weren't invited to the nighttime bash, so they went out and did karaoke together instead.

Another difference between the afternoon reception and evening party? The tone. Harry's dad, Prince Charles, gave a speech at both shindigs, but his words in the afternoon were emotional, talking about how proud he was of Harry and how happy he was for Meghan, while that night he was a bit cheekier.

Harper's Bazaar reports that Prince William's best man speech was also on the "naughtier" side, and that the party even featured a fireworks display. As for his own speech, Harry reportedly praised Meghan's grace through the difficulty of planning the wedding and joining the royal family. Oh, and check out Meghan's just-launched page on the royals' website, where she mentions how proud she is to be a feminist!

Elton John and James Corden were big hits.

Celebrity guests at the party like James Corden and Elton John did their respective things, with Corden introducing various performers and Elton playing a medley of his hits, including "Your Song" and "The Circle of Life."

All in all, it sounds really fun. The royal couple's first dance was reportedly to a Whitney Houston song, they served drinks from around the world and themed cocktails, and even fed their guests burgers late at night. We should just have one of these things every weekend.

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Oprah Winfrey in Stella McCartney arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.
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Sofia Wellesley arrives for the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018.
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Carey Mulligan arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.
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Lady Kitty Spencer arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Ian West - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Victoria Beckham arrives for the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.
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Troian Bellisario arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.
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Amal Clooney arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.
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Abigail Spencer and Priyanka Chopra arrive at the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.
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Serena Williams, in Versace, arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.
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