A slice of Royal history! Piece of Kate and William's wedding cake set to fetch 1,000 at auctionPiece of cake was among those given to 650 guests at afternoon receptionBoxed fruitcake given starting price of 100 but likely to fetch much more
18:22 GMT, 2 May 2012
A piece of cake from the wedding of Kate and William is set to go under the hammer.
The boxed fruit cake, supplied to online auction house PFC Auctions by an anonymous seller, was among 650 pieces of wedding cake given to guests at the afternoon reception of the royal wedding held at Buckingham Palace last April.
The cake, designed by Fiona Cairnes, comes in a presentation tin commissioned and designed by Peter Windett and Sally Mangum.
Up for auction: A slice of Kate and William's royal wedding cake among 650 given to guests at the afternoon reception is to go under the hammer
Perfectly preserved: The cake – believed to be the first piece of Kate and William's cake to reach auction – comes in its original presentation tin with a compliment card from Prince Charles and Camilla
It is accompanied by a printed compliments slip from Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the 16 page Order of Service from Westminster Abbey which includes the vows, hymns, prayers and blessing from the Wedding.
It is believed to be the first piece of William and Kate's wedding cake to appear at auction, and has a starting bid of 100.
Two other slices of royal wedding cake are also set to be sold that the same auction – a piece of the Royal wedding cake from the 1981 marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, and a slice of the original wedding cake from the marriage of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips on 14 November 1973.
Elaborate: Kate and William's eight-tiered wedding cake was created by Fiona Cairns
Both pieces of cake are reported to be incredibly well preserved, the former double wrapped in waxed paper, the outer wrapper with pierced tracery, and still in the original printed white presentation box. The latter is in the original sealed and unopened white box.
Both are accompanied by the printed ceremonial programmes for the wedding, and with the piece of cake from Princess Anne's wedding the buyer will receive silver printed wedding breakfast cards, the official invitation, two tickets and the order of service.
A slice of the lavish five-tiered cake created for the 1981 wedding of Charles and Diana is to go on sale
'Lovely pieces of royal memorabilia': Cake from the 1981 wedding of Diana and Charles and the 1973 wedding of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips are also up for auction
Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips had a five-tiered wedding cake, made by David Dodd, for their 1973 nuptials
A spokesman from PFC Auctions said today: 'They are lovely pieces of Royal memorabilia, and rarely seen on the market as these personal items are only gifted to close friends and family who attend the weddings.
'The Royal section of our auction is particularly strong and interest in the Royal Family is sky high so we are hopeful they will achieve around 800 to 1,000 each.'
The auction runs from 3 May to 24 May at www.pfcauctions.com