Royal watchers will be fascinated to know a piece of the cake from Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips’s wedding is going up auction!
As of Oct. 16, you’ll be able to put a bid on the 46-year-old sugar bomb thanks to Chiswick Actions. The cake, which was designed by Warrant Officer David Dodd of the British Army Catering Corps, was served at the couple’s 1973 nuptials.
The piece comes in a commemorative box with “A” and “M” on the front. If you want to catch a glimpse of the slice before it goes up for bids, it will be on display at Chiswick from Oct. 12 to 16. And to answer the question everyone is wondering… no, you can’t eat it. It’s no longer edible.
“Slices of wedding cakes are extremely popular amongst collectors of Royal memorabilia,” Valentina Borghi, Head of Autographs and Memorabilia at Chiswick Auctions, told HELLO! UK.
“Royal weddings are certainly public events, but at the same time, they reveal much about the personal taste and choices of the people involved. For this reason, fans of the Royal Family wish to have something from that day to treasure. It is a way of being part of a memorable event.”
So expect the bids to come in fast and be steep! Opening bids start at £120 (about $195) and it is expected to sell for between £200-£300 ($325 to about $490), though we wouldn’t be surprised if it goes for much more. There’s precedent for that, too!
In 2014, a piece of Prince William and Duchess Kate’s wedding cake was sold to Gee Chuang, who paid £6,000 (nearly $9,800) for it. Four years later, a piece of Princess Diana and Prince Charles’s wedding cake sold for nearly £5,000 (about nearly $8,150). That all said, a slice of the Queen’s wedding cake from 1947 sold for £650 (about $1,050) in 2015.
Anne and Mark married on Nov. 14, 1973 at Westminster Abbey, and like William and Kate’s and Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s nuptials decades later, was broadcast on television worldwide. The couple had two children together, Peter and Zara, born in 1977 and 1981, before they divorced in 1993.