Almost three years after the world watched Kate Middleton marry Prince William, a piece of The (now) Duke and Duchess of Cambridges’s wedding cake is to go to auction next week.
The eight-tier cake was created by Fiona Cairns, featuring different floral symbols to represent the UK, mirroring The Duchess’s wedding dress embroidery. Adorned with thistles for Scotland, Shamrocks for Ireland, roses for England and daffodils for Wales, the cream-coloured centrepiece still bears the sword-mark that the newly married couple used to cut the cake at the evening reception.
Cairns with her handmade floral decorations
A piece of the magnificent creation, gifted to a Mr Adrian Richardson, is going to auction. Richardson, a former employee of Crown Speciality Packaging, was given the slice of royal history as a thank-you gift from The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall for being part of the team to make the presentation tins for guests.
Only a small group of people received the gifts, with a personal note from Prince Charles. The full cake was displayed in the summer of 2011 at Buckingham Palace, along with The Duchess’s McQueen wedding dress, shoes and jewellery worn on the day.
The three-year-old slice is expected to fetch between £50-£150 at Mellors and Kirk, Nottingham, on the 9th April, and Nigel Kirk, director of the auctioneers noted: “Our royal family is greatly loved in many countries, so it will be interesting to see where the bids come from.”
“It will no doubt be popular with collectors of royal memorabilia.” At the end of 2013, another piece was sold in California for £2,597.
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