Royal Wedding Cake Slices From Princess Diana, Prince William, and More Sold at Auction
Millions were captivated by the recent royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. On June 23, some wealthy buyers took royal wedding devotion to an extreme, spending big on slices of cake from the 1981 nuptials of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and three other royal ceremonies.
Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills sold the no-longer-so-fresh slices.
“They’re not edible,” Darren Julien, chief executive of the auction house, told Reuters. (We all saw that Seinfeld episode where Elaine ate cake from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s 1937 wedding. It did not end well.)
The cake slices were all from wedding guests who have kept them in their own freezers since the big days.
In addition to Charles and Diana’s wedding and William and Kate’s, other slices came from Charles’ second wedding to Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005, his brother Prince Andrew’s 1986 wedding to Sarah Ferguson, and his sister Princess Anne’s 1973 wedding to Captain Mark Phillips. Three of those five marriages ended in divorce, but that didn’t stop interested buyers.
The lemon and elderberry cake from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day was not available.
The cake slices were offered in the elegant packaging they came with originally. Diana and Charles’ slice was nestled in a paper doily inside a white box marked in silver with their initials and the location of their post-wedding breakfast, “Buckingham Palace 29th July 1981.” It was expected to sell for between $800 and $1,200, and sold for $1,920.
Don’t underestimate the popularity of Charles and Diana’s eldest son William and his bride, Kate, however. Their three-decades-more-recent cake, which cost a reported $80,000, came with a program from the 2011 wedding, also sold for $1,920.
Andrew and Sarah’s cake slice came with a wedding program and what’s called a "ceremonial" — a guide to their marriage ceremony — but only managed to sell for $384, lower than the $600 to $800 estimate.
Princess Anne and Mark Phillips’ cake was the oldest of the bunch at 45 years old, and brought in $312.50, barely making its $300 to $500 estimate.
Charles and Camilla’s cake had the most colorful tin of the batch, but that didn’t help hold buyer interest: It sold for just $256, not even close to its $600 to $800 estimate.
Even if you had no interest in bidding on the royal cake collectibles, you can spend a little time gazing at these 25 jaw-dropping wedding cakes.