Even though the royal wedding between Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge was six years ago, we still all want a piece of it. Now, thanks to a charity auction, we can have our cake and (possibly) eat it, too.
A slice of William and Kate's very own wedding cake — a fruitcake, to be exact — is being auctioned off next month from the eight-tier masterpiece designed by chef Fiona Cairns. According to Yahoo, the dessert, which took five weeks to complete and was the centerpiece of their reception at Buckingham Palace, will go under the auction hammer at Chiswick Auction House on September 27.
For the highest bidder, the slice of cake will come in a specially-designed cream and gold commemorative tin. It is the same tin that was also gifted with a slice to guests at the couple’s royal reception in 2011, according to The New Daily.
As Chiswick’s explained, the royal wedding cake was meant to reflect the “language of flowers,” which Kate Middleton specifically requested. Along the eight tiers the cake had 17 different types of foliage that each held a particular meaning. The elaborate cake was covered in cream icing and adorned with 900 sugar-paste flowers, including roses and apple blossom. (They did not clarify if the cake is still edible, though we wouldn't recommend it.)
According to Yahoo, the tin also comes with a printed card that reads, “With best wishes from TRH [Their Royal Highness] The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in celebration of the wedding of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The guide price on the auction will start at $1,300, but is expected to go for much more as another slice of Kate and William’s royal wedding cake fetched $10,000 in 2014. In 2008, a piece of cake from the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana went for $6,000. In 2015, a piece of Queen Elizabeth’s 1947 wedding cake sold for just $800, but perhaps everyone figured it had gone stale by now.