Royal wedding cakes throughout the years: From Kate Middleton's to the Queen's

Today, 20 March, Kensington Palace announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have picked Californian-born pasty chef Claire Ptak to bake their wedding cake.

Ptak, the owner of London-basked bakery Violet Cakes, will be rustling up a lemon and elderflower flavoured bake for the royal couple, covered in buttercream and topped with fresh flowers.

The modern, and bang-on-trend, design is miles from the traditional cake that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge selected for their wedding in April 2011.

William and Kate selected Fiona Cairns to create their eight-tier extravaganza; a traditional fruit cake covered in royal white icing and iced versions of 17 flowers and leaves that Kate personally selected. Part of the cake was even saved for Prince George’s christening, as is tradition.

The Queen’s cake in 1947 was just as elaborate – despite the post-war rationing still being in place. Ingredients were donated, and flown in from, South Africa and Australia for the occasion.

From Princess Margaret’s to Princess Diana’s, feast your eyes on these show-stopping royal wedding cakes from years gone by.

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