Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ wedding cake is not just any other cake. The cake is going up for auction and could be worth more than $700.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ wedding took place on July 29, 1981. The 40-year-old cake from that day is set to auction on August 11. It’s a 28-ounce iced slice of one of the 23 official wedding cakes.
The slice has a marzipan base with a royal coat-of-arms sugar only coloured in gold, red, blue, and silver, a small silver horseshoe and leaf spray adjacent, with some white decorative icing tracery laid on top at head and foot. Moyra Smith, a member of Queen Elizabeth’s household at Clarence House, received the piece.
Smith kept the slice in a floral cake tin with a label that read, “Handle with care — Prince Charles & Princess Diane’s [sic] wedding cake,” and the date “29/7/81” on top.
The original wedding cake was roughly 225 pounds and stood five feet tall. A wedding cake with colossal proportions.
In 2008, Smith sold the cake to a collector, who is now auctioning it off. A wedding programme, ceremony details, and a breakfast menu are also included in the package. The slice “appears to be in exactly the same good condition as when originally sold,” Chris Albury of Dominic Winter Auctioneers in the UK told the Huffington Post, adding, “but we advise against eating it.”
The wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles was a fairytale for the millions of people watching around the world, but the couple separated in December 1992. They got divorced in August 1996, a year before Princess Diana died in a car accident in Paris. In 2005, Charles, 72, married Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall.
Princess Diana’s wedding shoes had a hidden message painted on the bottom.
Princess Diana’s wedding shoes were “beautiful suede heels with 542 sequins and 132 pearls in a sweet heart-shaped pattern,” according to The Sun. Diana, on the other hand, requested that a final detail be added to the already-impressive shoes, having a small “C” and “D” painted on the bottom of the shoes as a secret message just for her and Charles on their special day.
As the shoes have been displayed, the secret message has been exposed to the public. The “message” is still quite buried even with the soles turned up. The “C” and “D” near the bottom of the flowery design, just above the straight edge of the heel, can be seen if you look very (very) closely.
The hidden message wasn’t the only request Diana made about the shoes for her wedding day, according to Clive Shilton, the cobbler who spent six months working on the exquisite heels. She was also concerned about her height when wearing heels.