Piece of wedding cake from Charles and Diana goes on sale for 40 years, still wrapped in cling film

It took longer than the marriage! Piece of wedding cake from Charles and Diana goes on sale for 40 years, still wrapped in cling film

  • The large part of glaze and marzipan base decorated with royal coat of arms
  • The plaque was given to Moyra Smith, one of the Queen Mother’s assistants at Clarence House, after the 1981 wedding ceremony
  • The cake is tipped to fetch £500 when sold along with an order for the St Paul’s Cathedral wedding and Royal Wedding Breakfast program

A large piece of Charles and Diana’s wedding cake is for sale 40 years after they tied the knot and is still wrapped in cling film.

The impressive glaze and marzipan part is decorated with a royal coat of arms in red, blue and gold.

It was given to Moyra Smith, one of the Queen Mother’s assistants at Clarence House, after the 1981 ceremony.

The slice, which measures 8 by 7 inches and weighs 28 oz, has been stored for four decades in cling film in an old cake tin.

The impressive part of glaze and marzipan base is decorated with a royal coat of arms in red, blue and gold

A large piece of Charles and Diana's wedding cake has gone up for sale 40 years after they tied the knot — and it's still wrapped in cling film

A large piece of Charles and Diana’s wedding cake has gone up for sale 40 years after they tied the knot — and it’s still wrapped in cling film

It was kept by Moyra’s family until 2008 when it was bought by a collector who is now selling it with auctioneers Dominic Winter, of Cirencester, Gloucs.

A total of 23 official cakes were made for the wedding, including a 5ft high center tiered fruitcake at 225 lbs.

This slice is said to have been cut from a cake handed out to Clarence House staff to thank them for their efforts.

There is a note on the cake tin in which the slice is kept that reads: ‘Handle with care. Prince Charles and Princess Diane’s wedding cake, MC Smith.’

The disc is tipped to fetch £500 when sold along with an order for the St Paul’s Cathedral wedding and Royal Wedding Breakfast programme.

The auctioneers described the slice as a “unique royal storage box,” but advised against eating it for health reasons.

It was given to Moyra Smith, one of the Queen Mother's assistants at Clarence House, after the 1981 ceremony. The slice, which measures 8 by 7 inches and weighs 28 oz, has been stored for four decades in cling film in an old cake tin.

It was given to Moyra Smith, one of the Queen Mother’s assistants at Clarence House, after the 1981 ceremony. The slice, which measures 8 by 7 inches and weighs 28 oz, has been stored for four decades in cling film in an old cake tin.

Chris Albury, specialist Royal memorabilia appraiser at Dominic Winter, said: ‘I still wouldn’t recommend eating it, but after 40 years it’s clearly destined to last.

“It is a curious and unique memento of a royal wedding that has an enduring fascination with British royalty aficionados around the world.”

In 2014, part of their wedding cake sold for $1,375 (£990) at an auction in Los Angeles, California.

The cake was still in the original wax paper in the original white and silver presentation box with ‘Buckingham Palace 29th July 1981’ written on it.

In 2014, part of their wedding cake sold for $1,375 (£990) at an auction in Los Angeles, California

In 2014, part of their wedding cake sold for $1,375 (£990) at an auction in Los Angeles, California

The ‘wedding of the century’ was watched by an estimated global TV audience of 750 million people, with street parties across the UK celebrating it.

However, the royal couple’s relationship was visibly strained by the late 1980s with rumors of affairs on both sides.

They separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996 after 15 years of marriage. Diana died in a car accident in 1997 at the age of 36.

The sale will take place on August 11.

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