Inside Will and Kate's Royal Wedding Reception

There's nothing quite like a 16-hour royal wedding! Prince William and Kate Middleton's big day started with an 11am ceremony, and apparently the festivities didn't wrap up at the reception at Buckingham Palace until after 3am.

We hear most of the 300 guests who merited an invite to the swanky reception stayed until the wee hours of the morning. There was lots of dancing and fine dining to keep the guests occupied, though father of the groom, Prince Charles, reportedly ducked out shortly after midnight.

Inside Will and Kate's Royal Wedding Reception
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge drive from Buckingham Palace in a decorated vintage Aston Martin sports car on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding

The reception consisted of crab and lamb courses, and there was even a brief fireworks display, reports One of the highlights was Prince Harry's best man speech, which was reportedly very touching and funny. He even mentioned Princess Diana, their late mother who died when Will was just 15.

On top of delivering a great speech, Harry also seemed very cozy with his on-again, off-again girlfriend Chelsy Davy. The Internet was full of buzz about Harry flirting with Pippa Middleton, Kate's younger sister, but we're guessing that was just wishful thinking.

As the night wore on, snacks came out. Apparently Harry arranged for some breakfast items -- like "bacon butties" -- to be served in the wee hours of the morning and guests loved noshing on the greasy snacks before turning in for the night.

There's no official word on when Will and Kate hit the hay, but they were up bright and early the next morning for a stroll across the palace lawn before they were whisked off for a romantic weekend getaway.