The Queen made a funny joke to royal baker before Kate and Will's wedding

Lucy Quick
·2-min read
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

Back in 2011, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding at Westminster Abbey was watched by nearly 2 billion people around the world.

Ten years on, ITV is showing a documentary, The Day Will and Kate Got Married to celebrate the momentous day through the memories of friends and insiders who played a part.

Kate’s uncle, Gary Goldsmith will speak exclusively in his first ever TV interview alongside former Metropolitan Police commander Bob Broadhurst who was in charge of security on the day, royal historian Robert Lacey, plus the wedding dress embroider, choristers and Middleton family friends and neighbours.

One person who had a pivotal role in the day was Leicestershire baker Fiona Cairns, who was responsible for creating the wedding cake. The confectionary masterpiece took five weeks to make, and was covered in cream and intricate white icing, and decorated with nearly 900 hand-made sugar flowers.

Photo credit: JOHN STILLWELL
Photo credit: JOHN STILLWELL

In the new documentary, Fiona discusses constructing the cake in the halls of Buckingham Palace as the Queen looked on. “We were told her Majesty the Queen would be coming to see us building the cake at midday,” said Fiona.

“We thought, ‘oh goodness, no pressure!’ but we had never built this cake before! When the Queen came in, the cake was not finished and I can remember her saying, ‘I hear you have been dismantling my house?’ I said, ‘Well, yes, we have to take a door down from the room below so the trolley could get through with the cake. But it was all put back!’ It was fine."

The fruit cake was served at the couple’s wedding reception, but William and Kate saved the top three tiers for future use, and it was served at all three of their children’s christenings.

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Photo credit: WPA Pool

Guests at the christening of their firstborn Prince George, were treated to the cake in 2013. Then in 2015, at the christening of his sister Princess Charlotte, the Duke and Duchess served the cake to members of the royal family and Charlotte's godparents during a tea party at Sandringham House.

The wedding cake was again on the menu for the third time in 2018 at the christening of Prince Louis, by which time it was seven years old.

The Day Wills and Kate Got Married airs on Wednesday 7 April at 9pm on ITV.

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