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Slice of Queen Victoria's wedding cake sold at auction

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Image caption The slice was first served in 1840 at Queen Victoria's wedding

A slice of Queen Victoria's wedding cake dating from the 19th century has fetched £1,500 at auction.

The cake, which has survived from Queen Victoria's wedding to Prince Albert in 1840, was sold by Jersey collector David Gainsborough Roberts.

The monarch's knickers, keys from the Titanic and Winston Churchill's hat also sold from his collection at Christie's in London on Wednesday.

Mr Roberts, who is in his 70s, has spent his life collecting rare gems.

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Image caption "The Queen's Bridal Cake" is inscribed on the presentation box

A presentation box, inscribed with "The Queen's Bridal Cake Buckingham Palace, Feby 10, 1840", also sold with the cake, along with Queen Victoria's signature on paper with the royal cypher.

Her underwear, described as "fine linen drawers with draw-string waist" and embroidered with the royal initials and crown, fetched £16,250, well over the estimated sale price of £2,000-£3,000.

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Image caption Queen Victoria's knickers fetched £16,250

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