Party at the Palace! William and Kate Dance Night Away, Harry Gives Best Man’s Speech

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk hand in hand from Buckingham Palace in London, Saturday.

And you thought that the actual marriage between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would signal an end to royal wedding coverage? Think again.

Friday night’s party at Buckingham Palace had been (partially) entrusted to Prince Harry, who is known to enjoy a night out. This was an occasion for the younger generation as 300 or so of William and Kate’s closest friends attended the black tie do, where dinner (thankfully, Prince Charles was in charge of the formal stuff such as food) and dancing were on the agenda. The Queen certainly knew when to take her leave and got out of dodge for the weekend (she’ll assess the danger when she and Prince Phillip return on Monday.)

So what do we know? Well, most important was that the newly minted Duchess was in her second Sarah Burton creation of the day. This time it was a strapless white satin gazar evening dress with a circle skirt and diamante embroidered detail round the waist, matched with a white angora bolero cardigan. Sister Pippa, who seemed to generate a similar amount of headlines on Friday, went with a long emerald green sleeveless dress with a jewelled embellishment on the front and a plunging neckline. For the record, if NewsFeed ever becomes a fashion site, consider this my job application.

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Much of the night wasn’t too dissimilar to, well, a normal wedding. Toasts were drunk to the newlyweds, speeches made, including Prince Harry’s keenly awaited best man speech, and guests danced in the palace’s ballroom. Details are understandably sparse on the details of Harry’s speech but US Weekly reports rave reviews for his words, with the younger Prince saying “all the things he needed to say.” Not only was it “brilliant” (in the purported words of a guest) but, “we all wished he could have just carried on. It was perfect. He was very nice,” said this unnamed guest before noting how he “was the model brother [and] said all the things he needed to say. It was perfect. He was a dude.”

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And when it comes to the dancing, this is where the statistics take over, clearly marking it out as a royal affair. The ballroom measures a tad over 36 meters (118 feet) in length and 18 meters (59 feet) in width, and is unsurprisingly one of the largest of the 775 rooms in the palace. Yes, you read that right: there are 775 rooms.

It’s believed that Harry managed to convince his grandmother (the Queen to you and me) to let him transform part of the palace into a nightclub. And the word on the street is that he was behind the efforts to make the party last until dawn, offering the temptation that are bacon sandwiches for those that made it through to the bitter end, at his survivors’ party. In case you’re wondering, the newlyweds were almost certainly tucked up in bed by then, getting some beauty sleep after the exhaustive media blitz that followed their wedding. In a twist, they will not be embarking straight away on their honeymoon–opting for a quiet weekend instead somewhere in Britain. (via the Daily Mail)

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