How much is a piece of cake history worth? A lot, judging by the outcome of the Feb. 28 auction of a well-preserved slice of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s wedding cake. The 65-year-old slice of fruit cake went for £560 and came with a compliments slip from the wedding conveying the best wishes of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. The wedding cake was four tiers, nine feet tall and weighed 500 pounds. It included ingredients that came from Australia and South Africa, earning it the nickname “the 10,000-mile cake.” When the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh said their vows in 1947, over 2000 guests enjoyed a slice of the historic cake.
In May 2011, a slice of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake sold for £1,917. Slices from the royal wedding cakes of Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince Charles and Lady Diana, and Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson have also been auctioned off over the years. Preserving the royal wedding cake is a longstanding tradition; Buckingham Palace still has a tin containing a slice of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s cake on display.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s 1947 wedding cake