As it was rumoured, Sir Elton John performed during the lunchtime reception that followed the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The singer had attended the royal wedding earlier in Saturday in Windsor, along with George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham and Idris Elba.
“Prince Harry asked Sir Elton to perform at the Reception which was hosted by Her Majesty The Queen at St George’s Hall, Windsor Castle”, Kensington Palace shared in a statement. “Sir Elton performed for the newly married couple in recognition of the close connection he has with Prince Harry and his family”.
“Love recognises no barriers.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) May 19, 2018
John’s ties to the Royal Family date back to the 1970s, when Princess Margaret and The Queen Mother were fans of his music and when he became close friends with the late Princess Diana, who he famously performed a revised rendition of his ‘Candle in the Wind’ at her funeral.
“I first met an extremely shy and sweet Prince Harry at a private lunch at Kensington Palace, given by his mother Princess Diana for Gianni Versace and me many years ago”, John told Time magazine.
“What a joy it has been to see that young boy grow to inherit his mother’s warmth, sense of humour and courage to stand up and champion the causes he truly believes in.”
The wedding was also marked by another notable music performance, by 19-year-old British cello virtuoso Sheku Kanneh-Mason and winner of 2016’s BBC Young Musicians competition, who stole the show when he performed during the royal wedding service.
— BBC (@BBC) May 19, 2018
The young cellist who had signed to Decca Classics in 2016 performed Franz Schubert’s ‘Ave Maria’, Gabriel Fauré’s ‘Après un rêve’ and Maria Theresia von Paradis’ ‘Sicilienne’.
“I was bowled over when Ms. Markle called me to ask if I would play during the ceremony, and of course I immediately said yes”, Kanneh-Mason said in a statement from Kensington Palace. “What a privilege to be able to play the cello at such a wonderful event. I can’t wait”.
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