Elton John was given the honor of performing at the royal wedding reception.
Over the weekend, millions of people tuned in from around the world to watch as Prince Harry married American actress Meghan Markle. They watched the traditional ceremony play out in front of members of the royal family, various celebrities, and one Sir Elton John.
This is, of course, for any royal watcher, not surprising in the least. Elton John was a close friend of Harry’s mother, Princess Diana and even reworked his famous song “Candle in the Wind” for her funeral in 1997.
For him to be present was obvious, but what was less obvious was Sir Elton playing the highly secretive reception.
Rolling Stone reports that at the reception of 200, after Prince Harry had given his speech to those in attendance he asked if anyone knew how to play the piano. It was then that Elton John sat down and happily played four songs for the happy couple and all of their guests.
He played his iconic song “The Circle of Life” from The Lion King, “Your Song,” the dance track “I’m Still Standing,” and finally, the fan favorite “Tiny Dancer.”
A representative for Kensington Palace revealed that Elton John performed at the personal request of Prince Harry.
“Sir Elton performed for the newly married couple in recognition of the close connection he has with Prince Harry and his family.”
However, Elton John is not the only performer garnering attention for his role in the royal wedding. 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is making waves for his performance during the ceremony itself.
The former Britain’s Got Talent contestant was also hand picked by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to play “Ave Maria” by Schubert, Gabriel Fauré’s “Après un rêve” and Maria Theresia von Paradis’ “Sicilienne” per Billboard.
Kanneh-Mason’s debut album Inspiration is out now.
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