Soundtrack to a Real Life Fairytale

The Newly Named Duke and Duchess of Cambridge


It was no secret that the music played at the Royal couple’s ceremony and reception was very important to them personally. The ceremony music was handpicked by the couple with the guidance of Prince Charles. Elton John and Victoria Beckham were in the audience. Kanye West was invited. John Rutter composed a special song for the couple.

Here, Something New Entertainment is going to revisit the music of the Royal Wedding, because this fairytale had a beautiful soundtrack.

During the ceremony The Choir of Westminster Abbey, The Chapel Royal Choir, the London Chamber Orchestra, The Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and The State Trumpeters of The Household Cavalry performed all of the ceremonial music under the direction of Mr James O’Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey.

Processional -I Was Glad

Hymns – Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Anthem – This Is the Day

Recessional – Crown Imperial

So what happened after the ceremony? Who performed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at their Royal Reception? What did they eat? What did they wear? Well here’s what we found out.

Royal Wardrobe Change

After the ceremony, the couple attended to a few royal duties before changing into their evening wear and headed over to Buckingham Palace where Her Royal Majesty the Queen hosted the reception. The guests dined on a selection of canapés, all made entirely with UK based ingredients, including:

  • Cornish Crab Salad on Lemon Blini
  • Pressed Duck Terrine with Fruit Chutney
  • Roulade of Goats Cheese with Caramelised Walnuts
  • Assortment of Palmiers and Cheese Straws
  • Scottish Smoked Salmon Rose on Beetroot Blini
  • Miniature Watercress and Asparagus Tart
  • Poached Asparagus spears with Hollandaise Sauce for Dipping
  • Quails Eggs with Celery Salt
  • Scottish Langoustines with Lemon Mayonnaise Pressed Confit of Pork Belly with Crayfish and Crackling
  • Wild Mushroom and Celeriac Chausson
  • Bubble and Squeak with Confit Shoulder of Lamb
  • Grain Mustard and honey-glazed Chipolatas
  • Smoked Haddock Fishcake with Pea Guacamole
  • Miniature Yorkshire Pudding with Roast Fillet of Beef and Horseradish Mousse
  • Gateau Opera
  • Blood Orange Pate de Fruit
  • Raspberry Financier
  • Rhubarb Crème Brulee Tartlet
  • Passion Fruit Praline
  • White Chocolate Ganache Truffle
  • Milk Chocolate Praline with Nuts
  • Dark Chocolate Ganache Truffle

While they ate they drank Pol Roger NV Brut Réserve Champagne and were entertained by Claire Jones, the Official Harpist to HRH.

Claire Jones

The wedding cake, designed by Fiona Cairns, was made from 17 individual fruit cakes (12 of which form the base) and had eight tiers. There were up to 900 individually iced flowers and leaves of 17 different varieties decorated on the cake. A garland design around the middle of the cake matched the architectural garlands decorated around the top of the Picture Gallery in Buckingham Palace, the room in which the cake will be displayed. The chocolate biscuit cake was created by Mcvitie’s Cake Company using a Royal Family recipe at the special request of Prince William.

Fiona Cairns stands next to the Royal Wedding Cake her and her team created


When it was time to dance, Ellie Goulding, the only live act at the Royal Recption, sang Elton John’s “Your Song” to the couple for their first dance as husband and wife, Duke and Duchess.  She also sang songs by The Killers, Stevie Wonder, Bryan Adams and The Wannadies, as well as singing two of her original songs, ‘Starry Eyed’ and ‘Lights’.

Ellie Goulding -Your Song

And when the magical night was over fireworks exploded in the air as guests were escorted away from Buckingham Palace in horse and carriage.

What a magnificent wedding!!!!!! What a magnificent soundtrack to a real life fairytale!!!!!


  1. Jessa

    Omg! “Your Song” was my father/daughter dance! I had no idea… good gossip!

    1. DJ AJ9

      I think that it was such a perfect song for any wedding, but so touching for the Royal couple.

  2. heidzillas

    Great post! I hadn’t heard the first dance song and I ADORE it! It’s on replay right now 🙂

    1. DJ AJ9

      It is such a beautiful song! I have probably listened to Goulding’s version 100 times since the Royal Event.

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