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Royal wedding cake for Charles and Diana up for auction again after seller bought it twice

A ONE-OF-A-KIND piece of Prince Charles and Woman Diana Spencer’s 1981 royal wedding ceremony cake is up for public sale – after vendor purchased it twice.

Final August, Leeds royalist Gerry Layton paid a complete of £2,170 at public sale for the massive slab of ornamental frosting with a marzipan base and hooked up sprinkles from fruitcake. Bids rose to quadruple the estimate of £300-500 as it’s believed to be the one surviving instance with a particular royal coat of arms in gold, pink, blue and silver.

Gerry Layton proudly holds the royal coat of arms from Charles and Diana’s wedding ceremony cake. Credit score Gerry Layton

He meant to bequeath it to charities listed in his property, however determined it will be good if it helped an necessary trigger sooner relatively than later. So in Might he donated it to a fundraiser public sale in support of the Martin Home Kids’s Hospice in Boston Spa, close to his hometown of Leeds. There was only one downside – he bid and received it again.

Gerry, 62, a yacht captain providing luxurious excursions of London’s River Thames and former TV engineer/producer, stated: “I could not resist. I’ve at all times stated I might like some fruitcake crumbs, and as I watched auctioneer Charles Hanson promote it, I instantly thought, ‘I can not assist it. ‘I’ve to eat a few of it’. Bids went as much as £2,000 and I ended up shopping for it again! So now I’ve spent over £4,000 on a slice of royal wedding ceremony cake.

“However for me it is price each penny. It is the one piece prefer it on this planet. I feel it was underrated. It is not only a small piece, it is a big glazed slab with a royal coat of arms chosen by Charles and Diana for the Queen Mom and her employees at Clarence Home.

“It’s the solely surviving instance of the royal coat of arms from the cake. It was introduced to Moyra Smith, the Queen Mom’s assistant at Clarence Home. Moyra was allowed to take away the crest, maybe with the Queen Mom’s permission. She saved it in cling movie and saved it in her attic till her dying. Her household offered it to a collector in 2008.

A be aware positioned on the cake tin by Moyra Smith, a former assistant to the Queen Mom. Credit score stamp Laban/Hansons

“It is from one in all 23 official wedding ceremony muffins. It features a copy of the Ceremonial Procession, St Paul’s Cathedral Order of Service and the Wedding Breakfast Menu with a pull-out desk plan, a uncommon piece in its personal proper.

“In 1998, the cake from the Duke of Windsor’s (former King Edward VIII) wedding ceremony to American divorcee Wallis Simpson in 1937 fetched $29,000 at public sale, and the fruitcake from the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton was offered Offered for £7,500 in 2014. That makes my cake the third costliest royal wedding ceremony cake on this planet.

“I feel it’s totally particular as a result of Woman Diana was an especially common member of the royal household. I’ve at all times admired her. I visited Kensington Palace to see her wedding ceremony costume. I could not imagine it once I woke as much as the information that she was gone.”

Wharfedale Observer: The cake comes in a tin with a copy of the Ceremonial Procession, St Paul's Cathedral Order of Service and the Wedding Breakfast Menu.  Credit stamp Laban/HansonsThe cake is available in a tin with a duplicate of the Ceremonial Procession, St Paul’s Cathedral Order of Service and the marriage breakfast menu. Credit score stamp Laban/Hansons

August 31, 2022 marks the twenty fifth anniversary of Diana’s tragic dying on the age of 36 in 1997 following a highway accident in Paris, France. She married Charles on Wednesday 29 July 1981 at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral. In the event that they have been nonetheless married immediately, they might have lately celebrated their forty first wedding ceremony anniversary and Diana would have been 61 years outdated.

“I had no intention of promoting the cake once more, however Charles Hanson approached me after the charity public sale and supplied to promote it at Hanson’s Auctioneers. Earlier than I knew it, he had talked me into it! I simply hope I have never been cursed by the cake and can bid once more – as a result of I nonetheless have not eaten!

“I had deliberate to be very cautious to not disturb the icing and simply attempt to choose a crumb out of the nook. However I by no means had the possibility. It is secure at Hansons. It is an especially uncommon factor and I feel its worth will enhance over time.

“Once I first purchased it, there was large media curiosity. I ended up on Australian tv and a narrative in america in contrast it to a joke second within the American TV comedy Seinfeld when the character Elaine by chance eats the $29,000 piece of Edward and Simpson’s wedding ceremony cake.”

Former member of the band The Outer Limits, Gerry is not any stranger to media curiosity. Alongside the marriage cake fame, pictures of his beautiful house in Alwoodly, North Leeds, have gone viral on social media due to his magnificent and eccentric ornament selections, which embody a blonde-wigged skeleton and dragon statues on the entrance door.

Wharfedale Observer: Gerry's home in Leeds decorated for the Queen's Jubilee celebrations in 2022. Credit Gerry LaytonGerry’s house in Leeds, adorned for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in 2022. Photograph credit score Gerry Layton

“I accumulate all types of issues,” he says. “I attempt to make life enjoyable. I hope the cake finds house. If it makes its reserve, I’ll donate 50% of the proceeds to Centrepoint, a charity that helps homeless younger individuals, and to Nice Ormond Road Hospital, of which Princess Diana was a patron.”

Charles Hanson, proprietor of Hansons, stated: “We’re delighted to as soon as once more supply Gerry’s magnificent Royal Coat of Arms icing for public sale. It’s a fantastic memento and a candy reminder of Princess Diana, the Queen of Hearts, who was adored by thousands and thousands, not simply within the UK however around the globe.”

The royal wedding ceremony cake of Prince Charles and Woman Diana Spencer, estimated at £3,000 to £4,000, shall be up for public sale at Hansons Auctioneers’ London Artwork, Antiques and Collectors sale on August twenty seventh. Catalogue: and To seek out out extra e-mail [email protected]


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