Thursday, July 29 saw the 40th anniversary of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s nuptials. However, you can still eat some of their cake. A slice of the royal couple’s wedding cake is currently on auction, but probably should be kept as it is after so much time. How much would you pay for this iconic piece of wedding memorabilia?
Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding cake on sale
As noted by the Washington Post, a 28-oz slice of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding cake is set to go on auction on August 11. The portion has been preserved in plastic wrap in a decorative container for the four decades since the wedding.
The slice of cake measures 8 in by 7 in and features a royal coat of arms created in blue, red and gold. The cake also features a small silver horseshoe and leaf spray. Meanwhile, it is anticipated the tasty treat could go for around £500, or almost $700.
A piece of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding cake is up for sale at auction, coinciding with what would have been the Wales' 40th anniversary.
Anyone fancy a slice? 🍰 pic.twitter.com/zIhvNgrd62
— InYourArea.co.uk (@InYourArea_UK) July 29, 2021
The piece of wedding cake was gifted by the Queen Mother to an employee at Clarence House named Moyra Smith. It is now among a group of items from the wedding ceremony placed on sale, including a royal wedding breakfast program and an order of service.
— Channel24 (@Channel24) July 29, 2021
In the royal tradition, the Prince and Princess of Wales served fruitcake at their wedding reception. The wondrous cake stood five feet in height and weighed in at 225 pounds.
Wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales
Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married on July 29, 1981, at St Paul’s Cathedral. The wedding was like something from a fairytale and was televised and watched by the world. Charles and Diana’s union led to them having two children. Prince William was born in June 1982 and Prince Harry in September 1984.
However, the couple’s marriage was not to last and they separated in December 1992. Charles and Diana finalized their divorce in August 1996. This led to Diana’s death at the age of 36 one year later in a car accident in Paris. Meanwhile, Charles married his long-time love, Duchess Camilla in April 2005.
Charles and Diana’s children’s weddings
William, 39, and Kate Middleton followed the trend at their April 2011 wedding but went taller. The Cambridges chose an eight-tier wedding cake, consisting of 17 individual fruitcakes. In keeping with the British tradition, they subsequently served tiers from the cake at the christenings of their children, George, Charlotte and Louis.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle took a step back from the tradition by choosing a lemon and elderflower cake for their May 2018 wedding. At the time, baker Claire Ptak told Eater London that she had offered the couple the traditional fruitcake option. However, the Sussexes had rather encouraged her to “think outside of the box” for their wedding cake.
No doubt, both William and Harry are thinking of their late mother on the 40th anniversary of her wedding.