A slice of cake from The Queen's wedding to The Duke of Edinburgh has sold for £560 at auction. The rare piece of fruit cake, still preserved in its bespoke tin from Buckingham Palace, was snapped up by a bidder on Thursday night. The cake was made by McVitie and Price, who also created the chocolate biscuit cake at Kate Middleton's wedding to Prince William which made an impressive £1,917 at auction last year. The piece was one of only 650 slices while over 2,000 guests received a slice of cake at Queen Elizabeth II and Philip Mountbatten's nuptials.
The four-tiered, nine-foot cake was nicknamed 'the 10,000 mile wedding cake' as its ingredients were flown to the UK from South Africa and Australia. To show their thanks, the royal newlyweds sent a tier back to the Australian Girl Guides in appreciation of their contribution to the cake.
In 2011 yet another piece of cake from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding went on sale. The fruit cake, created by Fiona Cairns and adorned with symbolic flowers, came in a unique commemorative tin and included a compliment card from Prince Charles and Camilla.
Three other slices of royal wedding cake we also sold in the same auction - one from the 1981 marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer and one from Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's wedding in 1986 and a slice of the original cake from the Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips' big day.
The cake is not the only edible memento from a royal wedding that has gone up for sale. In July 2012 some toast taken from Prince Charles and Diana's wedding breakfast sold for £230.