Update 5/19: Elton John did in fact perform during the Queen's luncheon (opens in new tab) reception for Meghan and Harry. The prince reportedly wants John to sing at the evening reception as well, so he might be singing the newlyweds' first dance song.
Shortly after singing at the daytime reception, John, himself, tweeted about the occasion (opens in new tab). "'Love recognises no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination, full of hope.' - Maya Angelou."
“Love recognises no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination, full of hope.” - Maya Angelou#RoyalWedding #HarryandMeghan pic.twitter.com/llDX1dNaaUMay 19, 2018
During the ceremony Sheku Kanneh-Mason stole the show with his sensual cello-playing skills (opens in new tab).
Original: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will walk down the aisle on May 19th and the closer we get to the big day, the more details emerge about the ceremony and the reception. Today, it was revealed that Elton John will be performing at the royal wedding this Saturday.
TMZ (opens in new tab) reports that sources close to the singer said he is set to perform—though we don't know if that will be during the ceremony or the reception. John originally had a show booked in Vegas the same day, but cancelled due to a "scheduling conflict," which is obviously, Meghan and Harry's wedding.
The singer has been very close with the royal family for years—he was friends with Princess Diana and famously performed "Candle in the Wind" as a tribute at her funeral.
Kensington Palace has also shared some other information about the music for their wedding service at St. George's Chapel.
"The music will be under the direction of James Vivian, Director of Music, St George’s Chapel, including the Choir of St George's Chapel, and a selection of choral groups, soloists, and musicians," Kensington Palace wrote on Twitter.
The music will be under the direction of James Vivian, Director of Music, St George’s Chapel, including the Choir of St George's Chapel, and a selection of choral groups, soloists, and musicians: pic.twitter.com/FjBvyW5FwEApril 24, 2018
BBC Young Musician 2016 winner, 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, will perform. "Last June, Prince Harry saw Sheku play at an event in London in support of the work of Antiguan charity the Halo Foundation," Kensington Palace explained.
19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, winner of 2016 @BBCYoungMus. Last June, Prince Harry saw Sheku play at an event in London in support of the work of Antiguan charity the Halo Foundation. pic.twitter.com/C3QSfcbXJlApril 24, 2018
Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir are also scheduled to perform. "The Choir is made up of a group of British artists dedicated to creating a sound that demonstrates the community they share, and has been performing both nationally and internationally for over 20 years," Kensington Palace wrote.
Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir. The Choir is made up of a group of British artists dedicated to creating a sound that demonstrates the community they share, and has been performing both nationally and internationally for over 20 years. pic.twitter.com/tae19p6G6EApril 24, 2018
In February, Mel B. (better known as Scary Spice) said during an interview on The Real that the Spice Girls would be performing at the royal wedding.
Today in #GirlChatLive, Mel B shares if she is going to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding, and if the SPICE GIRLS ARE PERFORMING!! pic.twitter.com/Wx5geXuR7GFebruary 27, 2018
Later, however, Mel C. (aka Sporty Spice) said that her former bandmate's comments were a joke that was taken too seriously.
"Oh yes, there's been quite a lot of press interest there. My invite hasn't turned up yet. It was all that snow. I think the mail's been a bit held up in the snow," she said (opens in new tab) at the Prince's Trust Awards, according to E! News. "I think [Mel B] was joking. I think the media ran with it a little bit."
Other rumored performers include Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith.
When asked in December if he would be performing at the nuptials, Sheeran said (opens in new tab) that he hadn't been asked, but that if the royal couple did ask, his response would be, "Yeah, why not?"
Smith took things further, volunteering for the gig during an interview with The Sun (opens in new tab). "I'm obsessed. I want to sing at the wedding. Oh my god, I'd love to. It would be a dream," he said.
We will have to wait until May 19 (or until Kensington Palace makes more announcements) to know for sure who will perform at the big event.
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