Royal Wedding Cake

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Royal Wedding Cake
Royal Wedding Cake
Royal Wedding Cake
Royal Wedding Cake
Royal Wedding Cake
Royal Wedding Cake

LIMITED AVAILABILITY - This year marks the 40th anniversary of the wedding of HRH Charles Windsor and Lady Diana Spencer. To mark the occasion, we're releasing this special Third Edition Collection specimen as a single item.


Above: Front of the Specimen Card

The marriage of HRH Charles Windsor, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer was an international sensation. Watched by an estimated 750,000,000 people around the world, the wedding was the culmination of a fairy-tale in which an assistant kindergarten teacher became a princess overnight.

Above: A full slice of the Royal Wedding Cake of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. (Source: Mini Museum)

This specimen is a fragment of the royal wedding cake, a traditional fruit cake with cream cheese frosting. It first appeared in the Third Edition of the Mini Museum, we are pleased to offer it once more as an individual item.

Above: Closeup of a Royal Wedding Cake Specimen. Please note there is a wide variety of shapes and sizes. More details below.

Each hand-cut cake fragment is encased inside an acrylic specimen jar and presented in one of our classic, glass-topped riker display boxes. The riker display box measures 4 1/2" x 3 1/2". A small information card is also included, which serves as the certificate of authenticity.

Please Note: Unlike the specimens embedded in the acrylic Third Edition, these cake fragments have NOT been stabilized in any way. That said, this item is intended for display only and should NOT be considered food. It should also be noted that 40-year-old fruitcakes tend to be a bit candied in texture (i.e. sticky). So, if you open the specimen jar, they may remain adhered to the acrylic top. This is normal. Finally, some fragments will have more fruit than cake and some will have more cake than fruit, just like life.

About the Royal Wedding Cake of HRH Charles and Diana

"Only do what your heart tells you." ~ Princess Diana

Above: Lady Diana Spencer, soon to become the Princess of Wales, showing her wedding gown for the first time, turns as her bridesmaids set her train on arrival at Saint Paul’s Cathedral for her wedding to Prince Charles in London, July 29, 1981. (Source: Reuters)

The marriage of HRH Charles Windsor, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer was an international sensation. Watched by an estimated 750,000,000 people around the world, the wedding was the culmination of a fairy-tale in which an assistant kindergarten teacher became a princess overnight.

Yet what seemed to the world like a beautiful story would become much more complicated as the years passed. Despite the birth of their two sons, Princes William and Henry ("Harry"), intense media pressure and infidelity drove the couple apart. Charles and Diana divorced on August 28th, 1996. Just one year later, on August 31st, 1997, Lady Diana died in a car crash while fleeing the paparazzi in Paris. She was just 36 years-old.

On September 6th, 1997, a global audience of more than 2,500,000,000 people watched the funeral held at Westminster Abbey. Diana's brother Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer, gave a very emotional speech, the heart of which might be summed up in this quote:

"Diana was the very essence of compassion, of duty, of style, of beauty. All over the world she was a symbol of selfless humanity. All over the world, a standard-bearer for the rights of the truly downtrodden, a very British girl who transcended nationality. Someone with a natural nobility who was classless and who proved in the last year that she needed no royal title to continue to generate her particular brand of magic."

Above: Diana in Hong Kong (1989) wearing a pearl and diamond tiara, which was a wedding gift from the Queen. (Source: Reuters)

In the years since Diana's passing, there have been many books written about the relationship between the Prince and Lady Diana, as well as their own private lives as individuals. Given the myriad interests which swirl around the royal family, it is difficult to parse the truth from the opinion. However, what is clear is that Charles and Diana tried very hard to raise a family in the midst of singular pressures only they could truly understand. The heart of their story speaks to the struggles we each face as human beings as we move through our own lives.

As noted above, this specimen is a piece of the royal wedding cake, a traditional fruit cake with cream cheese frosting. The layers of the official cake took 14 weeks to prepare including an identical twin held in emergency reserve.

Above: The cake was prepared by Chief Petty Officer Cook David Avery (pictured), the head baker at the Royal Naval Cooking School in Chatham Kent.

For display, each cake was sliced and placed into individual monogrammed gift boxes. These prepared slices were then placed into larger, hand-painted boxes and finished with sugar paste icing to form the decorated layers of the cake.

Above: A slice of the Royal Wedding Cake with Monogrammed Gift Box. (Source: Mini Museum)

The tradition of preparing cake slices in this fashion goes back generations, as has the tradition of selling and collecting these literal slices of history. How far back you ask? The slice pictured below is over 176 years old!

Above: A slice of Queen Victoria's wedding cake, originally served February 10th, 1840 (Source: Christie's).

Auctioned by Christie's in 2016, Queen Victoria's cake shows just how well a traditional fruitcake can hold up. Some 141 years fresher, our slice was also purchased at auction. As with other slices from past royal weddings, it included a monogrammed box.

Further Reading

For additional information about the preparation of the cake for the Third Edition, please see this detailed article: "A Slice of Royal History - The Wedding Cake of Prince Charles & Princess Diana".

Above: Back of the Specimen Card

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