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April 2011: The Royal Wedding, 1947 Style

Royal Wedding cake, 1947

This photograph is of a replica of the cake that Huntley and Palmers of Reading made for the marriage of the then Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, on 20 November 1947.

The cake was made from a traditional Huntley and Palmers wedding cake recipe.  It had six sides, and side number two is on display in the photograph.  This has the crest of Australia on the top tier, the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service badge on the second tier, an image of Princess Elizabeth taking the salute as Colonel-in-Chief of the Grenadier Guards on the third tier, and a view of Buckingham Palace on the bottom.  These adornments were made of sugar, and then hand painted.  The front of the cake, with a bow on the bottom tier, can be seen on the right hand side.

Elizabeth and Philip began to write to each other after a meeting in Dartmouth in 1939, when the future Queen was only thirteen years old.  Their engagement was announced shortly after the Queen's twenty-first birthday.

Their marriage ceremony took place in Westminster Abbey, and was broadcast on radio around the world to an estimated 200 million listeners.


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Posted on the : 3 Jan 2012

I believe my ggrandfather was one of the bakers at H&P who helped to make the original wedding cake. Is there any paperwork in the archives that I could access to verify this information? Any help gratefully received, thank you.

Posted on the : 4 Jan 2012

We're happy to respond to enquiries - please either give us an email address or use the 'Contact Us' button on the left hand side of any page. Most H&P staff records are actually held by the University of Reading Special Collections, based at the Museum of English Rural Life.

Wendy Fegan
Posted on the : 6 Apr 2014

In 1962 upon leaving school I worked in the post room whilst training to be a Comptometer Operator. My daily task was to deliver the post to all departments and every time I went into the cake department I would stand and look at the cake in its glass container. Such beautiful work.


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