Not your average wedding singer!
Up-and-coming pop star Ellie Goulding scored the gig of a lifetime when she was asked to sing at Duke William and Duchess Catherine's Friday evening wedding reception at Buckingham Palace.
"It was an amazing honor to be asked by Kate and William to perform at their party," Goulding, 24, told Us Weekly exclusively on Saturday. "The atmosphere was incredible and it is a night I'll never forget!"
Goulding was reportedly the only singer invited to perform at the intimate bash, where just 300 close family and pals of William, 28, and Catherine, 29, partied down. An attendee tells Us that Goulding performed her moving cover of Elton John's "Your Song," plus her more-dance friendly hit "Starry-Eyed."
Goulding was the winner of the BBC Sound of 2010 poll and was awarded the Critics Choice Awards at the 2010 BRIT Awards; the royal couple reportedly chose the rising star because they were both huge fans of her 2010 debut album, Lights. She is also the scheduled musical guest on the May 7 episode of Saturday Night Live, with guest star Tina Fey.
Another star at the small bash? Man of Honor Prince Harry, who toasted his big brother and new sister-in-law with a "brilliant" speech, according to another attendee.
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