Here Are the Most Iconic Royal Wedding Cakes, Including Kate Middleton’s
No wedding reception is complete without a gorgeous tiered cake. And, whether it’s the size, the weight, or the intricate details, royal wedding cakes are some of the most elaborate — read: expensive — cakes in the world.
From Princess Diana’s (page 4) to Kate Middleton’s (page 5) to Grace Kelly’s (page 8), we share some of the most iconic royal wedding cakes from around the world, ahead.
1. Charlene Wittstock
In 2011, Prince Albert of Monaco married Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock. Like most royal weddings, everything was over the top — including, the wedding cake. The giant six-tiered cake featured an enormous cornucopia-like topper, sparklers, and fresh flowers.
It was so big that during the cake-cutting ceremony, the couple sliced a smaller cake.
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2. Sophie Rhys-Jones
Although its tradition to have fruitcake at English weddings, Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones decided to forgo the fruit for devil’s food cake. The 10-foot tall wedding cake was designed by Linda Fripp and topped with tennis rackets to symbolize where they first met (at a fundraiser).
Next: You won’t believe how tall the queen’s wedding cake was.
3. Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s wedding cake was nothing short of over the top. The 9-foot tall, 500 pound cake was created by McVitie’s — the same company that made Prince William and Kate Middleton’s second wedding cake — and featured various scenes of the couple’s lives together.
Next: At this royal wedding, 27 wedding cakes were served.
4. Princess Diana
“Let them eat cake’ earned a whole new meaning at Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding, as the royal couple served a whopping 27 wedding cakes at their reception. That said, there was one cake that was more impressive than the rest.
The main wedding cake stood 5-feet tall and featured the royal family’s coat of arms, a variety of roses, lilies and orchids, and the couple’s first initials.
Next: This cake was specifically made to be eaten seven years after the wedding.
5. Kate Middleton
For their 2011 wedding, Prince William and Kate Middleton went for something more traditional: fruit cake. The eight-tiered cake was decorated in white fondant and featured 900 gum paste leaves and flowers, symbolizing the United Kingdom’s four nations and other botanicals that were important to the couple.
English tradition isn’t the only reason Kate Middleton opted for fruit cake — she had the future in mind, too. As it turns out, fruit cake gets better with age, so it’s the perfect choice for those hoping to save pieces of cake for future occasions.
After the reception, cake-maker Fiona Cairns was instructed to save three tiers for the future. Since then, two of the tiers have been eaten at Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s christenings. With a third royal baby on the way, the final tier could be finished soon.
Next: This cake was so big, it had to be sliced with a sword.
6. Queen Rania
In 1993, King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan celebrated their nuptials with a large, rectangular-tiered wedding cake that featured gold crowns and white lace. Like traditional weddings, the reception included a cake-cutting ceremony — only, their multi-tiered cake was cut into slices with a sword.
Next: This royal wedding cake was made with three different types of alcohol.
7. Sarah Ferguson
For their 1986 wedding, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson celebrated their nuptials with a marzipan and rum-soaked confection. At over five feet tall, the cake was made with three types of alcohol — rum, port and brandy — and was cut into 2,000 slices.
Next: The top two tiers of this royal wedding cake were used to cage turtle doves.
8. Grace Kelly
As far as over-the-top is concerned, Grace Kelly takes the cake. Her 200 pound, six-tiered wedding cake was a gift from the chefs at Monte-Carlo’s Hôtel de Paris and featured a cage with two turtle doves that were released upon cake-cutting.
But, that’s not all. In addition to the doves, the enormous royal wedding cake was topped with a musical box — with a revolving statue of the bride and groom — that played Mendelssohn’s Wedding March and Ava Maria.
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