Derby

'Charles and Diana wedding' toast sold for £230

  • 19 July 2012
  • From the section Derby
Toast said to have come from Prince Charles's breakfast
Two telephone bidders fought it out for the toast

A piece of toast, said to have come from Prince Charles's breakfast on the day he married Princess Diana, has been sold at auction for £230.

The mother of a Buckingham Palace maid, who was visiting her daughter at the time of the 1981 wedding, claims to have taken the leftover slice.

Rosemarie Smith, 83, from Derby, said she had stored the slice in a Royal Crown Derby cup at her home ever since.

The toast was bought by a UK telephone bidder at the auction in Derbyshire.

A worldwide television audience of 750 million watched Prince Charles marry Lady Diana Spencer on 29 July 1981.

Round of applause

Mrs Smith said: "At the time my daughter was a maid at the palace and one of her duties was to collect Prince Charles's breakfast tray from outside his room.

"I was with her in the corridor and saw Prince Charles had left some toast on the tray. I had been thinking about a keepsake from the wedding and saw the toast and thought to myself 'why not'?

Princess Diana and Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace after their wedding
Charles is said to have left the toast on the morning of his wedding to Diana

"We hadn't talked about it much down the years but William and Kate's wedding last year and then the Queen's Jubilee has made the Royals more popular than ever. That got me thinking that my toast could be worth a bit of money.

"I just wandered into the auctioneers out of curiosity and asked them if it was worth anything. I was pleasantly surprised to hear them agree with me that it could be of quite some value to Royal collectors."

The slice is believed to have been well preserved because it had not been buttered and the toasting had dried it out.

A spokesman for Hansons Auctioneers said: "The slice of toast went to a UK buyer. There were two telephone bidders fighting it out for the slice - it was exciting.

"There was a round of applause when the gavel dropped."

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