The fruit cake has been perfectly preserved since the wedding reception at Buckingham Palace.
The lavish four-tier cake that stood at 9ft tall was split between 2,000 guests who celebrated the marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten. The 3.5-inch by 7.5-inch slice was given to one of the couple’s guards of honor at the wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
It was later donated to the Princess Alice Hospice, in Esher, Surrey, where it lay in a filing cabinet drawer for 15 years.
It went for a hammer price of ￡1,500 (US$2,431), but with added fees the overall price was ￡1,750.
1. slice n.
一片；一小部分 (yi2 pian4; yi4 xiao3 bu4 fen4)
例: The film presents us with a fascinating slice of history.
2. preserve v.
保留 (bao3 liu2)
例: These laws are intended to help preserve our natural resources.
3. lavish adj.
(hui1 huo4; pu1 zhang1; bu2 lin4 yu2)
例: The critics were lavish in their praise for the paintings.