When King Charles and Princess Diana tied the knot on July 29, 1981, they wowed the world with an extravagant celebration. One of the history-making details? Their wedding cakes. Yes, cakes—the royal couple had 23 desserts on hand to feed hungry guests. Now, 41 years after the celebration, a slice of cake from the big day is up for auction.
Nigel Ricketts, who attended the wedding as a guest, preserved a piece of the very important wedding cake following the celebration. Since Ricketts, who a former employee at Windsor Castle, died earlier this year, Dore & Rees in the United Kingdom will auction off the dessert at a starting bid of $339. However, slice of cake, which even comes in its original presentation box that features the Charles and Diana's initials and wedding date, is expected to fetch far more, The New York Post reports.
“You probably wouldn’t want to eat it now, but the amount of alcohol [in it] probably preserved it,” Guy Taylor, head of interior sales at Dore & Rees, told Daily Mail. “It still looks like a slice of wedding cake, which has kept its shape and form.”
The slice of cake that will be auctioned off is said to have come from the royal pair’s five-tier fruitcake, which was said to be a whopping five feet tall and served as the centerpiece dessert on the big day. Surprisingly, this isn't the first time royal watchers will have an opportunity to bring home a slice of the famed cake. In 2014, another guest sold their piece of the very same dessert for $1,375.
Diana and Charles met in 1977. After a few months of dating, the now-king popped the question. The duo tied the knot in 1981, but they ultimately separated in 1992 and divorced four years later.