Cake Lady Di

September 1, 2008
Chief petty officer cook David Avery with the royal wedding cake made for Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1981 wedding.

Chief petty officer cook David Avery with the royal wedding cake made for Prince Charles and Princess Diana

I’m not sure where to start exactly, except that this is kind of weird, maybe even a little gross. It reminds me of Miss Havisham in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations.

Apparently last week, a slice of Princess Diana’s wedding cake was auctioned off for about $1,800. For those of you who don’t know or weren’t around to remember, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were married in 1981. That cake is 27 years old!

There were 23 official wedding cakes for the wedding that day and this slice is fairly large, about 9 inches, with a marzipan base. It apparently has a sugared onlay in red, blue, gold, and silver of the royal coat of arms. There is also a small silver horseshoe and leaf spray.

After 27 years, I wonder how great it actually looked since it was stored in the attic in cling wrap. Mmmm, tasty!

The slice of cake belonged to Moyra Smith. Mrs. Smith worked for Queen Elizabeth at Clarence House during the 1980s. This is what the MSNBC story states:

“When the cake arrived at Clarence House Moyra was told she could have a slice from the top tier to keep for herself,” said Diana memorabilia specialist auctioneer Chris Albury of Dominic Winter Book Auctions. “This piece is special because it was from the cake sent to the Queen Mother at Clarence House. Moyra must have been very well thought of by the Royal Family to have been given this slice from the top of the cake.”

The cake was auctioned off last Wednesday (August 27th) and the lucky bidder also got a letter from Charles and Diana thanking Mrs. Smith for a wedding gift.

This is not the first time a slice of the royal wedding cake has been sold. In 1998, a year after Princess Diana

died, a similar slice of wedding cake was sold for 17,000 pounds — about $30,000!

I knew Diana still resonated in the hearts and minds of people all over the world, even eleven years after her death, but I never knew there were pieces of her wedding cake floating around and being auctioned off! People really will buy anything.


M, J, and S



  1. I was the one who bid and won! A major wedding present for the bride and groom. =)

  2. That image makes me want cake now, but not enough to spend $1,800. Besides, I want a fresh cake, not one almost a decade older than me *laughs*.

  3. I’m sorry, but it’s not like Princess Di ever touched the cake and it wasn’t one of her personal items. I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would want to spend money on something like this “old” cake. If you told me that you ate a piece of the royal cake AT the wedding – that would impress me – not that you have an old dried up piece that you paid a “royal” ransom for. Now the plate might be worth something (if it were part of the royal family’s china), however, I doubt that the cake would have been sold on some of the royal family’s china.

    Maybe the buyer (of the 27 year old cake) would also be interested in a piece of partially eaten toast that resembles the profile of Camilla Parker Bowles.

    Har, har. You’ve got too much money, honey.

    • Love the comments!

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