Harry and his father give speeches at lunchtime reception


Prince Harry and his father, the Prince of Wales made speeches at the lunchtime reception hosted by the Queen for her grandson and his American bride.

Kensington Palace earlier mistakenly said that the bride was also due to address guests at the St George's Hall event, but later said Meghan would be speaking at the evening reception.

The Queen and other members of the royal family after the wedding (Andrew Milligan/PA)
The Queen and other members of the royal family after the wedding (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Harry's best man and brother, the Duke of Cambridge, acted as compere, it said in a statement.

The reception also included the cutting of the lemon and elderflower-flavoured wedding cake.

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Details of the menu revealed that guests were due to enjoy both savoury and sweet canapes including Scottish langoustines wrapped in smoked salmon with citrus creme fraiche, croquette of confit Windsor Lamb, roasted vegetables and shallot jam, and champagne and pistachio macaroons.

Rather than a formal sit-down dinner, guests were also served a selection of bowl food including 10-hour slow roasted Windsor pork belly with apple compote and crackling.

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Guests were offered Pol Roger Brut Reserve non vintage Champagne, a selection of wines and a range of soft drinks, including an apple and elderflower mocktail, made with the same elderflower syrup used in the couple's wedding cake, and Sandringham Cox's apple juice.

Around 7,500 items of food have been prepared by a team of 25 chefs, led by royal chef Mark Flanagan, the Palace said.

All the ingredients for the reception food have been sourced from Royal Warrant holding companies, the Palace said, using as much UK-based produce as possible.

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