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It’s not just burgers that can practically live forever. It seems there are slices of cake from Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding lying around 40 years after their nuptials. One is even going under the hammer on August 11; just don’t let your late-night hunger pangs lure you into sinking your teeth into it.
“It appears to be in exactly the same good condition, but we advise against eating it,” warned Chris Albury of Dominic Winter Auctioneers in a statement shared by the BBC.
Part of one of 23 official cakes from the historic event, the slice is decorated with the royal coat-of-arms in red, gold, blue, and silver icing.
It was served to Moyra Smith, a member of the Queen Mother’s household at Clarence House. She stored the piece in a floral cake tin and pasted a label, signed and dated July 27, 1981, on the box, reading, “Handle with Care – Prince Charles & Princess Diane’s [sic] Wedding Cake.” The pair were married on July 29, 1981.
The cake’s intricate icing is still intact, as Smith had wrapped it in cling film.
The sweet treat was sold to a collector in 2008, and, understandably, no one could bear to meddle with the slice, let alone eat it. Now, it is poised to fetch a price of £300 (US$418) to £500 (US$696) at an auction, and will be sold alongside an order of service, a royal wedding breakfast program, and ceremonial details.
It comes shortly after a currant bun from the wedding’s bun throwing ceremony went to a buyer for £15 (US$21).
A slice of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding cake is for sale, a day before what would have been their 40th anniversary 🍰
It was given to Moyra Smith, a member of the Queen Mother’s household, who preserved it with cling film in a tin. It could fetch up to £500. pic.twitter.com/eRELr7PmJp
— Cameron Walker (@CameronDLWalker) July 28, 2021
[via BBC, images via various sources]