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£500 memento from Queen's wedding takes the cake at auction

Published 02/09/2015 | 11:29

The cake by McVitie & Price was made of four tiers, was 9ft high and weighed around 500lb
The cake by McVitie & Price was made of four tiers, was 9ft high and weighed around 500lb

A slice of the Queen's 68-year-old wedding cake has sold for £500 at auction.

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The fruit cake, still wrapped in its original baking parchment, was one of the portions given to guests following the marriage of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947.

It comes with its original ivory-coloured box decorated with silver a E and P and the words "Buckingham Palace 20th November 1947", as well as a small card inscribed "With the best wishes of their Royal Highnesses Princess Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh".

The slice, which is still edible thanks to its high alcohol content, was bought by an unnamed bidder from Los Angeles.

It was auctioned by Gorringes auctioneers in Lewes, East Sussex, after being put up for sale by a woman from Hove, whose father attended the royal wedding.

The four-tiered, 9ftt cake was nicknamed "the 10,000-mile wedding cake" after its ingredients were flown to the UK from South Africa and Australia.

The sale price was £500, plus £125 for buyer's premium and VAT.

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