Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding was a celebrity extravaganza to be remembered, but the pair’s vow renewal took place inside a modest, redbrick hall — hardly a glamorous destination.
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For Harry and Meghan’s second anniversary, the couple rented the historic Park Slope House, which was known as Park Slope Manor, a home and boarding house in the area for 170 years, and refurbished it for their wedding reception and bachelor and bachelorette parties, particularly Harry’s, which featured a surprise Irish welcome.
Two of Harry’s closest friends, Charlie van Straubenzee and George Percy, organized their own bachelor and bachelorette parties at the house. The first bachelor party involved some of Harry’s cousin, Eugenie of York, and the second the bride and groom, Prince William and Kate Middleton, organized an evening at the Park Slope House on the eve of their wedding.
The event featured no fireworks but guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres of vegetable and cheese tartlets, braised lamb with sumac, herb crusted halibut, pear tatin, and pistachio crusted pheasant, according to the Daily News.
Meanwhile, at the bachelor party, Harry joined in a sing-along to Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk,” which played over speakers in the kitchen, according to The Times. In honor of his bachelor party, Harry allowed a very lucky fan to walk down the aisle to ring his engagement ring and take his picture in the square of the courtyard, according to The New York Times.
James Smyth, a soccer player, was not taken aback by his close encounter with the royal couple. “It all went a bit normally on the morning itself, but the brief sojourn down on the aisle was very special,” he told The Times. “It has been an amazing year and the wedding was just one more way to say thanks.”