Tears shed as Harry and Meghan celebrate

The Claire Ptak designed cake took centre stage at the royal wedding reception.
The Claire Ptak designed cake took centre stage at the royal wedding reception.

People were moved to tears at a reception in Windsor Castle following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding.

Guest Suhani Jalota, the founder of the India-based Myna Mahila charity, said the speeches given by Prince Harry and his father, the Prince of Wales, were touching.

"Some people were even crying. I think it was just a very, really nice atmosphere to be in where everybody felt really loved," she said.

She said the speeches focused on how Harry was as a child and growing up.

"And now just about the couple and how beautiful they are together."

Of Harry's speech she added: "He was talking about his wife and you know everybody was clapping because it was the first time he was using that term for Meghan so it was really nice."

Sir Elton John gave a "mini-concert", after Prince Harry asked him to perform at the reception hosted by the Queen.

"He was incredible. It became like a mini-concert in the reception area. It was great."

But she said she was not sure which songs the star sang.

The reception also include the cutting of the wedding cake, designed by Claire Ptak.

The cake featured an elderflower-flavoured light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple.

A filling made from Amalfi lemon curd and elderflower buttercream ties all the elements together.

Guests will also be served canapes, included Scottish langoustines , grilled asparagus and croquette of confit lamb.

Pol Roger champagne will be served, alongside soft drinks and elderflower cordial.

A smaller evening reception, hosted by the Prince of Wales, will be held at Frogmore House later on Saturday.

The event will be a private affair, allowing the guests to relax and celebrate with the happy couple.

The Duchess of Sussex is expected to speak at the evening reception.

Frogmore House, a 17th century English country house, stands in the home park of Windsor Castle and is part of the Crown Estate.

Australian Associated Press