Royal fan with extra bucks? Then fork out for a costly piece of Cambridge’s wedding cake

By admin
18 November 2013

One piece of fruitcake from the Duke and Duchess’ wedding at Westminster Abbey on 29 April 2011, was recently auctioned for the phenomenal price of R42 000.

If there’s one piece of cake in the world worth a few thousand rand, it has to be a slice of William and Catherine’s wedding cake.

One piece of fruitcake from the Duke and Duchess’ wedding at Westminster Abbey on 29 April 2011, was recently auctioned in California – for the phenomenal price of R42 000.

How did the group of auctioneers get their hands on it? It’s unclear but speculation is that it was taken from Prince George’s baptism. One of the layers of the fruitcake was served at baptism of the firstborn of the Cambridge’s in October. According to tradition, one layer of the wedding cake is kept for the baptism of the married couple’s firstborn.

Royal items usually fetch big amounts at auction houses. A dress worn by Princess Diana with an estimated value of R600 000 and a collection of letters that belonged to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were also sold during the auction.

Other items that sold well:

  • A transparent dress which Kate Middleton wore at a charity fashion parade at St Andrews University in 2002. It was auctioned in 2011 for R160 000.
  • Some silky underwear believed to have belonged to Queen Elizabeth II was sold on eBay for R100 000
  • Another pair of panties, which belonged to Queen Victoria, were auctioned for R140 000.
  • In 2008, two pages of the letter Princess Diana wrote to Prince

    Charles after the birth of Prince William was auctioned for R24 000.

Later this week a piece of toast believed to have been eaten by Prince Charles for breakfast on the day he married Princess Diana will be auctioned.  It was not buttered and was therefore easier to preserve. The mother of one of the servants at Buckingham Palace apparently grabbed the toast after Charles had left it on the breakfast trolley. Not sure who’d want to buy that though.

Shané Barnard

Sources: juliensauctions.com, thedailybeast.com

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