Get all your news in one place
100’s of premium titles. One news app. Zero ads. Just $10 per month.

Slice of history: icing from Charles and Diana wedding cake sells for £1,850

The slice of cake from one of the 23 official wedding cakes made for Charles and Diana’s wedding in 1981 which sold at auction for £1,850.
The slice of cake from one of the 23 official wedding cakes made for Charles and Diana’s wedding in 1981 which sold at auction for £1,850. Photograph: Claire Hayhurst/PA

An ardent royalist has bought the topping from a slice of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding cake for £1,850 ($2,565) at auction, more than 40 years after the couple married.

The large piece of cake icing and marzipan base features a detailed, sugared design of the royal coat of arms in gold, red, blue and silver. It was given to Moya Smith, a member of the Queen Mother’s staff, who preserved it with cling film and dated it 29 July 1981.

After a flurry of bidding from across the world the cake piece was sold on Wednesday to Gerry Layton for several times over its estimated price of £300-500.

Layton, from Leeds, who described himself as a monarchist, said he would add the cake piece to his collection and benefit charities.

“I thought I would like to add it to my estate, which will be going to charity after my death,” he said. “I also thought that I could put it up as a raffle prize with some of the money going to Centrepoint, which Princess Di was patron of.”

Chris Albury, a royal memorabilia specialist at Dominic Winter Auctioneers in Cirencester, said he was amazed at the number of bidders who were interested. Most of the inquiries came from the UK, US and the Middle East, he said.

Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in St Paul’s Cathedral on 29 July 1981. More than 20 wedding cakes were supplied for the occasion by various companies.

Charles and Diana split 11 years later in 1992, and divorced in 1996. Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.