A Slice Of Cake From Princess Diana's Wedding Is Up For Auction

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There isn’t much that sounds appealing about eating a piece of 40-year-old cake. But what if that cake, though decades past its prime, was a piece of cake served at the royal wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer? Probably makes it sound a lot more tempting.

Luckily, a slice of cake that fits that description is up for auction and is expected to bring in around £500 or $700. If you’re wondering how this is even possible, you can thank Moyra Smith. She worked in the Queen Mother’s household at Clarence House and was given a piece of the cake. We can only hope it has been kept in the freezer. Smith had the cake until 2008, when it was sold to an auction house. She kept it protected in a cake tin and a label reading “Handle with Care—Prince Charles & Princess Diane's [sic] Wedding Cake.” No kidding.

This piece of the cake is decorated in white icing with a gold, red, blue and silver royal coat of arms. Lacey icing tracings that line the borders. The whole thing is wrapped in plastic wrap and weighs about 28 ounces.

It’s important to note that this was a cake served at the wedding of Charles and Diana, but it probably wasn’t the wedding cake. It was among 22 cakes served that day and was likely the one sent to the Queen Mother’s staff. The cake comes with a printed Ceremonial, Order of Service and memorial Royal Wedding Breakfast programs.

If you want to bid on it, the auction with the Dominic Winters Auctioneers starts August 11. Though if you plan on chowing down on this piece of history, the auction house did add a note to the description: “We advise against eating it.”

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