Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding cake slice auctioned

Slice of royal wedding cake in its presentation tin with a note from Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Image copyright Mellors Kirk/PA
Image caption The slice was a piece of a eight-tier traditional wedding cake created by Leicestershire cake designer Fiona Cairns

A slice of fruit cake from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding - in its presentation tin - has been sold for £420 at auction.

Crown Speciality Packaging in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, made the tins for the royal wedding in 2011 so guests could take a piece home.

The slice was sold on behalf of a former employee, who was sent a piece as a thank you gesture for his work.

Fiona Cairns, from Leicestershire, created the royal eight-tier cake.

Adrian Richardson, 59, said he was one of a small number of employees of the firm to be given a slice in the commemorative tin he helped design, along with a note from Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Nottingham-based auctioneer Mellors and Kirk, which had estimated the slice of cake would fetch between £50 and £150, said it was sold to an Italian buyer.

A slice from the same cake sold for more than £2,000 in America in November.

The cake designer, who was commissioned by Prince William and Catherine to create the multi-tiered traditional wedding cake, decorated with sugar flowers, had said it was built inside Buckingham Palace.

Image caption The royal wedding at Westminster Abbey was watched by millions of people around the world

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