A slice of Princess Diana and Prince Charles' wedding cake going up for auction 40 years on

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Princess Diana and Prince Charles tied the knot on 29 July 1981. Now, exactly 40 years on, a slice of their wedding cake is going up for auction.

People reports a 28-ounce portion - that's around 800g – of the couple's cake featuring a royal coat of arms in blue, gold and red, has been preserved in cling film and stowed away in a floral tin over the years.

But on 11 August, it will go up for auction, and is expected to fetch £500 (R 10 200).

Princess Diana, Prince Charles
The wedding cake on display at Charles & Diana's Royal Wedding on 29 July 1981.

As royal tradition would have it, Diana and Charles served up a fruitcake at their wedding – and this isn't the first royal wedding cake to be repurposed years on.

Prince William and Kate Middleton's 2011 wedding fruitcake was served again in 2018 at Prince Louis' christening.

Diana and Charles' wedding cake was given to Moyra Smith, a member of the Queen Mother's household at Clarence House, who preserved it, reports BBC.

Chris Albury from Gloucestershire's Dominic Winter Auctioneers says of the cake: "It appears to be in exactly the same good condition, but we advise against eating it."  

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