Monday, 16 September 2013

Queen's Wedding Cake Slice Sells for £1750

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A 63 year old slice of the Queens wedding cake sold recently for £1750 at Christie's in London.

The fruit cake has been perfectly preserved since the wedding reception at Buckingham Palace.
The lavish four-tier cake, that stood at 9ft tall, was split between 2,000 guests who celebrated the marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten.
Prince Philip cut the cake using his ceremonial sword.
The 3.5 ins by 7.5 ins slice was given to one of the couple's guards of honour at the wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
It was later donated to the Princess Alice Hospice, in Esher, Surrey, where it lay in a filing cabinet drawer for 15 years until it was four during a sort out of archives.

A celebrity antiques dealer bought the cake on Channel 4's Four Rooms in 2011 and he has now sold it at Christie's in London.

It went for a hammer price of £1,500 but with added fees the overall price was £1,750. It was sold with its original Buckingham Palace case that is dated November 20, 1947.

Charlotte George, from auctioneers Christie's, said: "The cake was made using rum and brandy, which would explain how it has lasted so well.

"Remarkably, it is still in one piece, wrapped in baking parchment. I wouldn't recommend eating it - but as a collector's item it is fantastic."

Of the original wedding cake, one layer was kept for the christening of Prince Charles a year later.

(Article courtesy of the Daily Telegraph)


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