• Let them eat cake! Royal wedding fan pays $820 for piece of history

    Centrepoint via cgi.ebay.co.uk

    This four-tier square fruit cake was created by the Welsh National Culinary Team and donated to charity in honor of the royal wedding.

    Hoping to own a little piece of royal wedding memorabilia, one U.K. woman hit eBay and bid on a souvenir she never thought she would win, a wedding cake created in honor of the royal wedding. Little did she know that she would end up paying £500, or about $820, for the confection.

    “It’s too beautiful to eat,” Alexandra Sharpe told the News and Star newspaper. “It was a complete shock to actually get the cake. I went over my budget. It’s wonderful to have a piece of history like this.”

    The four-tier square fruit cake with ivory icing was made by the Welsh National Culinary Team and is decorated with the monograms of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with the Welsh dragon and a harp.

    "It took about 300 hours to create and we estimate that it’s worth about £3,500 ($5,770),” Graham Tinsley, manager of the Welsh National Culinary Team, told the Windsor Knot. “When the royal couple got engaged, we wrote to the prince asking if we could do something for the occasion and the palace suggested that we make a cake to be donated to charity."

    The money raised by the auction will be given to Centrepoint, an organization supported by Prince William, which helps young homeless people turn their lives around.

    This isn’t Sharpe’s first foray into the world of royal cakes. She already owns a piece of Princess Anne’s wedding cake. And she's not the only one with an appetite for decades-old cake – pieces of Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding cake pop up every now and again at auction. In 2008, a slice from one of their 27 cakes was sold at auction by a former royal servant, who had kept it wrapped in clingfilm in an attic for the past 27 years.

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  • Fergie says royal wedding snub was 'difficult'

    Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, speaks out about not being invited to the wedding of her nephew, Prince William, saying "it was so hard, because the last bride up that aisle was me."

    Associated Press:

    It was "difficult" not to be invited to last month's royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Sarah Ferguson told Oprah Winfrey.

    In an interview scheduled to air Wednesday on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," the Duchess of York says she instead went to Thailand. Ferguson says she wanted to be with her daughters, who attended the wedding with their father and Ferguson's former husband, Prince Andrew.

    Ferguson also told Winfrey she believes Prince William's mother, the late Princess Diana, "would be so proud of her son."

    Ferguson is to have a show on Winfrey's new cable station, OWN. Winfrey is ending her talk show this month after 25 years.

    Last May, Ferguson talked to Winfrey about being caught on video offering access to Prince Andrew for $724,000.

  • Prince William and Kate honeymoon in secret locale

    The British press is reporting that Prince William and his new wife, Catherine, are honeymooning in the Seychelles, the sun-soaked islands where they plotted out their future in 2007. NBC's Mike Taibbi reports.

    And they’re off! Prince William and Kate have departed on their honeymoon, 10 days after their wedding, palace officials confirmed Tuesday. But the location of their romantic getaway remains a mystery.

    While William's office declined to say where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have traveled and for how long, the British media has widely reported that the two are headed to the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean. The Daily Mail newspaper, which claims to know the location of the retreat, reports that the world's hottest couple will spend their getaway on a pricey – and very private – island resort, complete with personal butlers and chefs.

    On Monday, the newlyweds were spotted leaving their rented house in Anglesey, Wales, with loads of luggage.

    Despite the global interest in their every move, William and Kate have requested that their privacy be respected during their honeymoon, palace officials said.

    After their April 29 wedding, the pair defied expectations and returned to Wales instead of departing immediately on their honeymoon. But the two were anything but bored while waiting to leave on their big getaway. Kate was spotted grocery shopping at the up-market supermarket Waitrose, sparking a tabloid frenzy, while William, a helicopter search and rescue pilot, rescued a hiker who suffered a heart attack.

    The palace says the prince has taken two weeks leave from his duties, but would not specify how much of that time will be spent on his honeymoon. The two are due to depart in June to Canada on their first official tour as man and wife. The trip will also include a short stop in California, which will be Kate's first visit to the U.S.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  • That was fast! Will and Kate proud parents... of a penguin

    Peter Byrne / PA Wire

    Little Acorn's new parents? The newly-dubbed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

    Sorry, corgis: Prince William and Kate Middleton have picked another fuzzy companion.

    The royal couple has adopted an endangered baby penguin named Acorn. The cute flapper was a wedding gift from England’s Chester Zoo (better than the London mayor’s gift of a tandem bike?), which asked fans on social networking sites to pick an appropriate species for the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The penguins – likely much to the dismay of the monkeys – received 20 percent of the votes. Giraffes came in second, African painted dogs in third, and black rhinoceroses nearly last.

    “It’s a real honor to be able to boast Prince William and Kate as penguin adopters,” said a zoo spokesman. “And hopefully the happy couple will come and see little Acorn playing in his pool very soon.”

    Alas, little Acorn will not be waddling around Buckingham Palace anytime soon. The cuddly creature will continue to live at the zoo with his fellow penguin commoners.

    Peter Byrne / PA Wire

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