The Leeds royal fanatic is auctioning off a slice of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding cake – after buying it twice
Royalist Gerry Layton, 62, has already acquired the one-of-a-kind portion of marzipan cake, embellished with a royal coat of arms in purple, blue and gold. It was offered to Moyra Smith, one of many Queen Mom’s workers at Clarence Home, after the 1981 ceremony.
The piece – which measures 8 inches by 7 inches and weighs 28 ounces – was saved in cling movie in an previous cake pan for 4 a long time till Gerry purchased it for £2,170 final August.
The ornamental icing with a marzipan base and fruitcake crumbs hooked up is considered the one surviving instance with the distinctive royal coat of arms.
Leeds Royalist Gerry Layton, 62, has twice had the distinctive serving to of marzipan cake (Photograph: Jonathan Gawthorpe)
Gerry determined to donate the cake to a fundraiser public sale in Might to learn the Martin Home Kids’s Hospice in Boston Spa.
However he could not resist bidding on the merchandise once more and gained it for the second time.
Gerry, a yacht captain providing luxurious excursions on London’s Thames and a former TV sound engineer/producer, mentioned: “I could not resist.
“I’ve at all times mentioned I might like some fruitcake crumbs, and as I watched auctioneer Charles Hanson promote it, I abruptly thought, ‘I can not assist it. ‘I will need to have somewhat chew of this’.
The cake is predicted to fetch between £3,000 and £4,000 when it goes below the hammer at Hanson’s Auctioneers in London on Saturday (Photograph: Jonathan Gawthorpe)
“Bidding 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 the planet. I feel it was underrated.
“I feel it is very particular as a result of Woman Diana was a particularly standard 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 consider it after I woke as much as the information that she was gone.”
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Gerry is now promoting the piece of cake once more and admits that he dreads bidding on it a 3rd time.
It’s anticipated to fetch between £3,000 and £4,000 when it goes below the hammer at Hanson’s Auctioneers in London on Saturday.
Gerry added: “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 that the curse of the cake hasn’t grabbed me and that I am going to bid once more – as a result of I nonetheless have not had a snack.
“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 prospect. It is secure at Hansons. It is a particularly uncommon factor and I feel its worth will improve over time.
“I’ll donate 50 p.c of the proceeds to Centrepoint, a charity that helps homeless younger individuals, and to Nice Ormond Avenue Hospital, of which Princess Diana was a patron.”