A slice of the official wedding cake from Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding is being shown before it’s auctioned-off at Dominic Winter Auctioneers in Cirencester, England.
The slice of cake along with other rare pieces, such as the wedding breakfast menu and a specially printed cup, were presented on Friday ahead of the auction that will be taking place next week.
This particular slice of icing and marzipan, which is part of the 23 cakes baked for the occasion, was given to Moyra Smith, an employee at the Clarence House, where the Queen Mother used to live in 1981.
Though the 800-grams slice looks fresh, it is unlikely to still be edible. It is being kept inside a tin box where it has been kept since 1981, and packed in plastic to protect it.
“This isn’t so bizarre as it might seem. There is the wedding cake from Queen Victoria’s wedding that is collected right through the current time,” said Dominic Winter Auctioneers director Chris Albury.
“Diana, love her or not, she just captured the imaginations of people worldwide,” he added, saying she “used to hold such a pull for people that anything connected with her story is of interest to collectors and the public, worldwide.”