Fancy a slice of almost 70-year-old cake? You’re in luck: a slice of The Queen’s wedding cake is up for auction.
Ahead of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s Platinum wedding anniversary this fall, a piece of their wedding cake will be auctioned by Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall.
The cake is inside a small box adorned with wedding bells and is inscribed with the note, “Presented to Mr C. Dickman by Princess Elizabeth, Nov 20th 1947”.
Jim Spencer of Hansons Auctioneers told Burton Mail about discovering the royal dessert, saying, “It’s undeniably a very sweet thing. As soon as I saw it I thought ‘Crumbs, what a piece of history!’”
“I expect it to make a tasty price at auction. There’s no best before date here, it can only improve with age in terms of historic importance and value.”
The cake is up for auction as part of the ‘Antique and Collectors Auction”, and is expected to bring in between £100-£150.
The Queen and Prince Philip – then Princess Elizabeth and Sir Philip Mountbatten – were married on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey. Upon their marriage, they became the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.
The newlyweds had 11 wedding cakes – the official one was baked by McVitie and Price, and used ingredients flown in from Australia and South Africa, earning it the nickname ‘The 10,000 Mile Cake’. The other cakes were gifts.
In February of this year, their wedding cake was saved with 3D printing after it was destroyed by vandals in 2015. It weighed six hundred pounds, featured six tiers, and stood six feet tall. At the top, a silver model of St George and the Dragon sat, gifted to the newlyweds.
The Queen wrote of the cake, saying that she and Prince Philip “admired the beauty of its design and the excellence of its quality.”
Slices of their wedding cake have gone up for auction in the past, usually fetching several hundred pounds.