29/08/2008

Nine-Inch Slice Of 'Royal Favour' Sold For A Grand

For millions it was a fairytale event, the Prince of Wales marrying his blushing English rose, but for one Scottish family a memento from the enchanting day has proved a worthwhile investment.

Former royal servant Moyra Smith was presented with a piece of Charles and Diana's royal wedding cake more than 27 years ago.

The souvenir was given to Ms Smith by her then-boss the Queen Mother.

Now that nine-inch slice of cake has fetched £1,000 at auction.

The piece of iced wedding cake, which had been wrapped in clingfilm for the more than a quarter of a century, was bought by an unnamed bidder.

The sugary souvenir was accompanied by a letter from the Prince and Princess of Wales, thanking Ms Smith for her work at Clarence House.

The lot, which had spent the majority of its life in an attic, was described by Gloucestershire Auction house Dominic Winter Book Auctionsas as having a sugared onlay of the royal coat-of-arms coloured in gold, red, blue and silver, a small silver horseshoe and leaf spray.

Ms Smith's family put the piece of cake up for sales following her death last month.

The former royal kitchen worker was 78.

Her husband Donald said the proceeds from the auction would go to charity, in accordance with his wife's wishes.

Charles and Diana divorced in 1996.

The princess, who was killed in a tragic Paris car accident in 1997, left a string of valuable keepsakes, which have continued to attract massive bids at auction.

Letters signed by Diana have reached bids between £600 and £700, from royalists hoping to secure a piece of history.

(PR/JM)

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