Frank Sinatra, Ellie Goulding, The Eagles … The first royal wedding dances

While the Spice Girls and Ed Sheeran could perform at the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, return to the first dances of royal weddings.

On May 19, every detail of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding will be scrutinized. It will be the same for the stars who will perform to sing for the first dance of the newlyweds. Respecting the traditions with regard to the organization of their marriage, the ex-actress and her future husband could however bring their personal note on the D-day by the choice of the artist or the song which will resonate during their first dance. Meghan Markle is known for appreciating grades indies of New Soul by Yaël Naïm, while Prince Harry would, according to The Telegraph, fan of dubstep sounds by artist Skream. Nothing that does not really correspond to a first dance, moreover for a royal wedding.

Because before them, their elders often, if not always, made the choice of very romantic titles. According to rumors, Ed Sheeran and the Spice Girls could be present at the princely wedding. We can therefore easily imagine the two newlyweds opening the ball on Perfect or Thinking Out Loud of the British singer and then invite the guests to join them on Viva Forever… Or not.

In video, the clip of “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran

Ellie Goulding for Prince William and Kate Middleton

It is the British interpreter of Love Me Like You Do who had been chosen by Kate and William to perform at their opening ball, April 29, 2011. But it is with his resumption of the standard Your Song Elton John that Ellie Goulding made the newlyweds dance. A nice nod to Lady Diana of whom Elton John was one of the closest friends. Always according to The Telegraph, the newlyweds would also have danced with their guests on I Like The Way you Move from The Body Rockers and on The One That I Want de Grease.

Lester Lanin for Prince Charles and Lady Diana

For what is still considered the wedding of the (last) century, the prom opening song has never been confirmed. But it would be Lester Lanin, American leader of the eponymous jazz group who also performed at the wedding of Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly, who would have animated the evening and made Charles and Diana dance on July 29, 1981. And in particular on the very soft standard They Say It’s Wonderful Irving Berlin from the musical Annie du Far West (1950). According to New York Times, Lester Lanin would have written My Lady Love in homage to this royal wedding.

The Eagles for Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock

Invited to host the evening of the eve of the wedding of Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock and then to give a free concert on the Rock, The Eagles would also have sung their hit Hotel California for the first dance of the newlyweds, July 1, 2011. A slow slow and quite melancholy, however not devoid of romanticism.

Swedish Waltz and DJs for Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist

If for the rehearsal evening of the wedding of King Carl Gustav XVI and Queen Silvia in 1976, the group ABBA had performed, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist have chosen to honor the tradition with a waltz. It is therefore a piece composed by Pelle Arhio and interpreted by the Swede Per Bredhammar which was played for their first wedding waltz, on June 13, 2015. This ball opening with old-fashioned charm was not devoid of modernity so much the young people bride and groom seem to be accomplices in the images. Especially since for the rest of the evening, the prince and the princess had called on the biggest DJs in the country namely Icona Pop and Avicii (who died a few days ago).

Ben E. King for Prince Philip of Yugoslavia and Danica Marinković

On October 7, 2017 and for the first princely wedding of Serbia since 1922, Prince Philip of Yugoslavia married artist Danica Marinković in Belgrade. To open the ball, the groom and his wife – then four months pregnant with their first child – had chosen the famous song Stand by Me by Ben E. King. Appropriate words.

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