Royal guests dance the night away at Buckingham Palace

Updated: Apr 30, 2011, 15:53 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

London: After a fairy tale wedding, it was time to put on the dancing shoes and party hard! And that’s what the newly wed royal couple, William and Kate did. With nearly 300 close family members and friends with them to celebrate the joyous occasion, the party went on till the wee hours in the morning.

The wedding reception was held in the Buckingham Palace and it was a black tie do. The groom’s best man and younger brother, Prince Harry finally gave a speech congratulating the newly weds and wishing them the best in life. Kate and William are likely to move in with Harry after they are back from their honeymoon.

The Queen and Prince Philip handed over the palace for the celebration, which was hosted by William's father Prince Charles. Prince Charles and William used parts of their speech to mock each other continuing the father-son speechmaking. While the father made potshots at William baldness, William in turn drew the attention of the guest to his father’s growing waistline.

Brother Harry also kept his speech light and laced it with several jokes directly indicated towards William. Earlier Harry had admitted that he would have to tone his speech down a bit, if his grandmother, the Queen decided to be present at the party. Fortunately for Harry, the Queen decided to give the party a miss.

The bride looked elegant in a white strapless satin outfit designed by Sarah Burton, who also designed her wedding gown. The groom looked dapper in a dinner jacket and bow tie.

Toasts were made to the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and guests danced the night away within the walls of the magnificent palace.

The party was hosted in the ballroom which measures just over 36 metres in length and 18 metres in width, is the largest of the 775 rooms in the palace.