A slice of the fruit cake at the 2011 wedding of the Duke and Duchess sold for almost £6,000 several years ago
The wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was one of the most elaborate royal events in recent history. Centre stage at the reception at Buckingham Palace in April 2011 was their elaborate cake.
Now a slice of that cake is going up for auction. A similar slice sold several years ago at Julien’s Auction in California for $7,500 (£5,800).
It took cake-maker Fiona Cairns five weeks to complete the eight-tier cake, which was covered in cream and white icing, and decorated with 900 sugar-paste flowers. The design was influenced by the garlands on the walls in the Buckingham Palace picture gallery. Piping was used to create a three-dimensional scroll work of swirls of roses, acorns and ivy leaves, at Kate’s request. She asked for representations of 17 different flowers and plants, chosen for their symbolism.
The cake comes in a cream and gilt commemorative tin designed by Peter Windett and Sally Mangum. Slices were originally given to guests as a special souvenir.
The auction will take place through Chiswick Auctions on 27 September.
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Other royal cake sales
A piece of cake from Queen Victoria’s wedding cake went for £1,500 in 2016
A slice from Her Majesty The Queen’s 1947 wedding to the Duke of Edinburgh sold for £500 in 2015 to a buyer in Los Angeles
A chunk from the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles sold for $6,000 (£4,600) in California in 2015