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Archive for Saturday, April 18, 2009

Taste of royalty from princess bride for sale

April 18, 2009

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— Would you pay $215 for a slice of very stale cake?

That’s what an antiques fair in Birmingham hopes to earn Thursday when people bid for the remnant from one of Britain’s most controversial royal weddings.

The cake is thought to be the only surviving item from the 1871 wedding of Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter, Princess Louise, to the Marquis of Lorne.

It went on sale for £145 Thursday at the Antiques for Everyone fair in Birmingham.

The slice, which is one-inch thick and protected by parchment, is a tiny portion of the towering 5-foot cake served at Princess Louise’s wedding. The entire cake originally weighed more than 225 pounds and took three months to create.

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