Five pieces of cake from different Royal Weddings to go on display in London before auction

Pieces of cake from no less than five Royal Weddings are to go on display in London, before they are auctioned off in Beverly Hills, LA.

The pieces of cake were gifts to the former First Chauffeur of The Queen, Leonard Massey. The five slices will form a small display at The Stafford London until 6th June. The hotel in St James’s also has a gallery, where the pieces of history will be displayed.

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer married on 29th July, 1981, at St Paul’s Cathedral, and gifted their guests slices of cake, as is tradition. The slice of fruit cake is in a white box, with ‘CD, Buckingham Palace, 29th July 1981’ printed on it in silver. It is expected to fetch $1000-2000 at the auction.


Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips gave the chauffeur some cake as a guest at their wedding on 14th November, 1973. Boxed and decorated with letters ‘A’ and ‘M’, the slice is almost 42 years old, and no longer fit for consumption. It is thought it will make between $400-600.

A piece from Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s wedding cake is included in the lot. The Duke and Duchess of York married on 23rd July 1986. This is also boxed, bearing the monograms ‘A’ and ‘S’, with a guide price of $400-600.

In 2005, Prince Charles married Camilla Parker-Bowles at Windsor Guildhall. A slice of their cake is in a tin bearing the words ‘HRH Prince of Wales, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, 9th April 2005’. There is also a note with the cake, saying ‘With best wishes from HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall’; the note also holds information regarding the tin, which was designed especially for the wedding. This piece is expected to fetch $400-600.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married on 29th April 2011 at Westminster Abbey; the piece is from the formal cake the couple had, made by Fiona Cairns, and comes in a red box bearing the couple’s monograms – ‘CW’ – in silver. The 4 year old piece  of fruit cake is thought to fetch $600-800.

Darren Julien, president of Julien’s Auctions, said: ‘The Stafford London’s location is ideal for Royal fans and this celebration of Royal Wedding Cakes through the years highlights the everlasting design of each cake, inspired by the bride and groom and period of each wedding. We look forward to a successful showcase in London and exciting auction in Beverly Hillls.’
If you are interested in any of the pieces, which are to be auctioned on 27th June, visit
Photo: Joe Haupt
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