Slice of royal wedding cake put up for auction
A piece of the eight-tiered fruit cake served at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding is to be auctioned.
One of the 600 guests at the reception last April is putting the piece, wrapped in a special presentation tin, up for auction on the internet.
The cake was designed and baked by Fiona Cairns and her team from Fleckney.
It is wrapped in its original greaseproof paper, and comes in a 5.5 inch-long presentation tin and accompanying "best wishes" card from the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.
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It is believed to be the first slice from the royal wedding cake to go on the market and is expected to raise at least £1,000 for its anonymous owner.
The sale is being handled by Bristol-based PFC. Auctions and bids can be submitted online from May 3. Kylie Whitehead, of PFC Auctions, said: "It's estimated that two billion people watched the wedding on TV and this is the first piece of the wedding cake to appear at auction, so it's a very exciting lot."
She added: "Slices of Diana's cake have been known to sell for more than £1,000 and we expect this slice will bring a similar amount."
Miss Whitehead said the slice was being put up for sale by one of the 600 guests who attended the reception, but their identity was being kept secret.
The traditional fruit cake was covered in cream and white icing and decorated with up to 900 delicate sugar-paste flowers.
It took Ms Cairns, 57, five weeks to make it. She also had to work at the palace for two days setting it up with her team.
She said the hardest part was transporting the tiers from Leicestershire to the palace.
Ms Cairns would not comment on a piece of the cake now being sold.
The starting bid for the slice is £100.
Accompanying the lot is an original order of service from the ceremony at Westminster Abbey. Its 16 pages include vows, hymns, prayers and a blessing.
Miss Whitehead added: "Together, the two artefacts make a superb, and potentially valuable, document of the day."
Bidding on the cake and several other pieces of memorabilia opens on May 3 and runs until May 24.
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