The Daily Mail‘s Rebecca English got the scoop on Monday night’s Jubilee Concert after party, hosted by Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Buckingham Palace’s Bow Room and Long Gallery.
For those who passed on champagne, there were elderflower cordials to be sipped from the finest of glassware, and deliciously light fare prepared by the palace’s head chef, Mark Flanagan. Mini burgers, fish cakes, smoked salmon blinis, as well smalls bowls of pasta and risotto were handed around to guests, and let’s not forget the little slices of fruit cake!
Following the successful concert outside the palace, Cheryl Cole, will.i.am, Sir Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Sir Cliff Richard, Grace Jones, Annie Lenox, Stevie Wonder and Sir Elton John were a few of the famous faces who mingled with the younger royals. Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice were also in attendance, while the Duke of York, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex popped in to say hello.
“Given the huge range of celebrities who were there and the fact that they could let their hair down without having to worry about a photographer jumping out from the nearest antique, the atmosphere was really lively and relaxed,” one insider told English of the reception.
Will.i.am was tweet-happy throughout the entire evening, posting a pice of himself with the future king: “Just realized I am the shorter Will.i.am.” One guest laughed about the singer’s name. ”No-one actually knew what to call him, though, it was hilarious. Did you address him as Will.i.am, William or Mr .i.am?” they said.
Cole, who was seen chatting with Harry at the party (though sources would not confirm for how long), recently described a dream she had about the royal. ”I love Prince Harry. Actually, I had a dream last night I married Prince Harry and was a real-life princess. It’s true. And Charles was my father-in-law” (Cole does a lot of work with Charles’ foundation, The Prince’s Trust).
Harry, for his part, recently revealed his crush on the Geordie singer.
The performers were all able to meet Queen Elizabeth after the concert, which made the night that much more exciting. ”It was a great night – I think because of where they were, all the stars were very relaxed. It was a fabulous end to a remarkable night,” one guest told English. Catherine was the first to retire, while the others were still up well past 1:30am. The next day must have been a long one, with a service at St. Paul’s Cathedral followed by a carriage procession back to Buckingham Palace.