A 41-Year-Old Fruitcake From Charles and Diana’s Wedding Is For Sale—And It’s Surprisingly Affordable

Although the marriage of King Charles III and Princess Diana ended when they split in 1991, pieces of the 23 separate official wedding cakes are still out there and occasionally auctioned off. In 2014, a boxed and preserved fruitcake sold for $1,375, and in 2021, a 28-ounce slice of frosted cake with a horseshoe design sold for more than $2,500.

On Tuesday the Daily Mail reported that auction house Dore and Ree has auctioned off a 41-year-old fruitcake in a box, apparently made from the bottom tier of the five-tiered fruitcake centerpiece. This was found in the home of Nigel Ricketts, a man who, after his death earlier that year, worked as a French polisher and furniture restorer at Windsor Castle from 1980 to 1985.

“These items were laid out on a table for us by a friend of the late Mr. Ricketts. The cake was in its original packaging which was unsealed.” guy taylor, Director of interior design at Dore and Ree, said the post. “You probably wouldn’t want to eat it now, but the amount of alcohol probably preserved it, and it still looks like a piece of wedding cake that has held its shape and shape.”

But what makes this cake particularly notable is another lot being auctioned alongside it. One is a personal note from then-Prince Charles, in the distinctive and confused handwriting made famous by the so-called “Black Spider Memos” that he sent to government officials. In it he thanks the employees who apparently gave the couple a table for the wedding. “Diana and I are touched beyond words that you should have gone to so much trouble to find something so utterly useful and I can assure you we will cherish it in any home that eventually comes to rest,” wrote he and signed it “Karl.”

The cake is valued at £300 (about $340 in today’s dollars) and the letter is valued at £150 (about $170). Also included in the auction is a collection of invitations to various events and parties at Buckingham Palace, collected by Ricketts during his years as a Palace employee.

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