According to UK press reports, a large slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981 was sold at auction for £1,850 to an internet bidder in the Middle East.
Auctioneer Chris Albury of Dominic Winter Auctioneers said: “We were amazed at the number of people wanting to bid on this large and unique piece of royal cake.
It seemed to get far more attention than when we sold it with a Charles and Diana thank you letter 13 years ago. There were lots of enquiries from bidders, mostly in UK, USA and several countries in the Middle East.” The bidding for the cake started at £300 and was eventually sold for £1,850.
Wrapped in cling film, the slice of cake has white icing and is decorated with a sugared onlay of the royal coat-of-arms, as well as a small silver horseshoe and leaf spray. Most likely it came from either the side of a cake or from the top of a single-tier cake based on its size.
It was originally given to Moyra Smith, an employee to the Queen Mother at Clarence House, and was acquired by Dominic Winter Auctioneers in 2008 when it was sold on behalf of Moyra’s family.
The royal cake lot was accompanied by printed Ceremonial and Order of Service programmes for the wedding, as well as a memorial Royal Wedding Breakfast menu and table seating programme for Buckingham Palace for the date of the wedding.