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Detail from a portrait of the marriage of Princess Helena

The history of Royal weddings as seen through items in the Royal Collection

After Sarsfield Taylor, W. B. (fl.1840)

The Royal Wedding Cake c. 1840

RCIN 750872

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A hand-coloured lithograph of one of the royal wedding cakes produced for the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on 10 February 1840.

Mr John Mauditt, Queen Victoria's confectioner at Buckingham Palace, made the wedding cake. It was 3 metres in circumference and weighed more than 140 kg. The allegorical figure of Britannia stands on the top blessing the figures of the bride and groom. More than one cake was supplied to ensure that there was enough wedding cake for both the guests and the many people to whom it was traditionally distributed.