Auctioning off bits of wedding cake is no new tradition amongst the royals. In 2015, a slice from the late Queen Elizabeth II’s cake was auctioned off for R10 250 to a buyer in Los Angeles. In that same year, a chunk of cake from Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ wedding was sold for R94 304 to a bidder in California.
One year later, yet another slice of cake – this time from Queen Victoria’s wedding – bid its time with the royal brood adieu, after being auctioned off for R30 746.
Now, after 11 years of being married, Prince William and Kate Middleton, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will be auctioning off their wedding cake, starting from R8 204 to R12 348 a pop.
According to an article published on Britain Magazine, the cake-maker, Fiona Cairns, took five weeks to complete the eight-tier fruit cake, which was covered in cream and icing, and then decorated with a total of 900 Lambeth-piped sugar-paste flowers.
The wedding cake’s design, inspired by garlands hanging from the walls of the picture gallery in Buckingham Palace, is highly ornate. Perfect swirls of sugar roses and intricate ivy leaves, acorns and other floral blossoms were all chosen for their symbolism.
As souvenirs from the royal occasion, special guests at the 2011 wedding were given a slice of William and Kate’s cake, which reached about 91,44 cm tall and weighed around 91 kgs.
Now, the partially eaten cake has been well-preserved, and is ready to be re-homed, slice by slice, to its highest bidders. The cake will be served to bidders in commemorative tins with a cypher of the couple’s nuptials and wedding date.
The auction, which will span three days, will take place in Norfolk starting on the 23rd of November.
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