- Royal wedding cakes have been enormous over the years, with multiple layers weighing hundreds of pounds.
- At the wedding, the first piece is often cut with a ceremonial sword.
- Here are 12 incredible wedding cakes from royal weddings around the world.
Royal weddings are extravagant affairs— Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptialsare expected to cost $45 million— and the cakes are no exception. Baked by hardworking teams of the finest chefs, they’re often made of multiple layers weighing hundreds of pounds, decorated with intricate flowers and delicate swirls of icing, and displayed on artful stands.
We’ve already looked at how gorgeous royal wedding dresses look around the world. Now, here are 12 of the most incredible royal wedding cakes.
Royals definitely don’t skimp on any aspect of their weddings — including the cakes.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding cake, which was five feet tall and weighed 225 pounds, on July 29, 1981.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip’s wedding cake in 1947 weighed 500 pounds, stood at nine feet tall, and took two weeks to make.
Two London constables stand guard over the official wedding cake of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Nov. 16, 1947.
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s cake was a little more understated, but no less intricate.
Fiona Cairns poses for a photograph with the wedding cake she and her team made for Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, April 29, 2011.
Prince Joel Dawit Makonnen Haile Selassie and Princess Ariana’s Ethiopian royal wedding featured a cake with six layers.
Prince Joel Dawit Makonnen Haile Selassie and Princess Ariana Makonnen of Ethiopia kiss as they enjoy a slice of wedding cake on September 9, 2017.
Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway had a seven-layer wedding cake.
Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and his new wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit cut their seven-layer wedding cake during their wedding reception at the Royal Castle in Oslo August 25, 2001.
Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco’s cake was topped with a cornucopia, flowers, and an explosion of stars.
Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco cut the cake during the religious ceremony of the royal wedding, in the main courtyard at Prince’s Palace on July 2, 2011 in Monaco.
Royals also really like cutting their wedding cakes with swords.
Jordan’s Crown Prince Hamzeh bin Hussein and his bride Princess Noor cut their wedding cake at a gala dinner in the Red Sea port of Aqaba late May 28, 2004.
It definitely adds a certain flair.
Princess Maxima and Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander prepare to slice the wedding cake at the royal palace in Amsterdam, February 2, 2002. Some 1,750 guests attended the marriage of Queen Beatrix’s eldest son in the 600-year-old Nieuwe Kerk church.
Because a towering edible masterpiece clearly isn’t magnificent enough.
Jordan’s Prince Rashid bin El Hassan and his bride Princess Zeina cut their wedding cake during a ceremony at the Bassman Palace in Amman July 22, 2011.
Might as well use the ceremonial sword for something.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland cut their wedding cake during the Wedding Banquet at the Royal Palace on June 19, 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden.
The cake stand can also be a work of art.
Swedish Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip cut the wedding cake during their wedding in the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden, June 13, 2015.
Hopefully, they taste as good as they look.
Norway’s Princess Martha Louise and her husband Ari Behn share the first piece of wedding cake May 24, 2002.