There are few weddings more memorable in pop culture than the union of Princess Diana and Prince Charles. The Princess has been on our minds a lot lately, as next week marks the 20th anniversary of her tragic death. Earlier this summer, the royal family shared never-before-seen pictures of Diana. Her sons Prince William and Prince Harry recently opened up about what she was like as a mother for the first time. They also honored her birthday by rededicating her grave.
Plenty of commoners are remembering Princess Diana too, like John Hoatson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Hoatson has an extensive collection of royal family memorabilia. His prized possession? A 36-year-old piece of Princess Diana’s wedding cake.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana married on July 29th, 1981. Their wedding still remains one of the highest-rated events in television history. The funny thing is, Hoatson wasn’t even in attendance at the wedding! In 1981, he was just a child watching along with the rest of us on TV. But he fell in love with Diana, and after she passed, he began gathering mementos from her life.
Hoatson’s Princess Di collection boasts some handwritten notes, a T-shirt, and even a used bar of soap. But of all the things in his massive collection, the slice of cake is his favorite.
Here’s the original wedding cake in all of its royal glory, made by the Royal Navy Cookery School.
At the time, there was quite a lot of mystery surrounding the cake.
Today, Hoatson can confirm that it’s fruitcake. In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, he shared why the 36-year-old dessert means so much to him.
Fruitcake is definitely an unconventional choice for a wedding cake. But leave it to Princess Diana to be anything but traditional. Hoatson also said that people often ask about the cake. So, has he ever taken a nibble?
You can’t blame them for asking. We were wondering the same thing!
So, why does Hoatson collect memorabilia from Princess Di’s life? Simple: He wants us to remember her and learn from her legacy.
We know one thing for sure: It’s pretty amazing that the slice of cake is still standing all these years later.