Princess Eugenie's wedding cake had a lot in common in with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's
Royal Weddings are a bit like London buses, aren't they? You wait more nearly eight years for one, then two come along in the space of five months! Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot all the way back in 2011, but news of upcoming nuptials was thin on the ground until Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot.
Now, that couple's old news, with Princess Eugenie's long courtship with Jack Brooksbank finally culminating in a beautiful ceremony, where they finally committed their lives to one another. But while these two love stories have little in common apart from the fact they involved members of the Royal Family, their respective wedding cakes are a different story.
Ahead of time, the Royal Family announced that Princess Eugenie's cake was going to be a little different to the fruitcake we saw at Prince William's weddings, saying that we could expect a "traditional red velvet and chocolate cake for their special day", which included "a modern feel, incorporating the rich colors of autumn in its design and be covered with detailed sugar work including ivy".
Awesome. That sounds delicious, doesn't it? While traditionally, the Royal Family has tended to go with the fruitcake for events such as weddings - thanks to its relative longevity compared to other sweet desserts - Princess Eugenie's cake followed in the footsteps of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's cake by moving away from that.
That's not the only thing, however, that these two wedding cakes have in common.
Those of you with a really good memory (or, a lot of time on your hands) might recall that Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan saw the guests chow down on a lemon elderflower variety of cake, and on the surface, these two cakes could not be further apart. But a closer look betrays a fascinating pattern, and tells us a quirky little story.
When was Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding? Mid-May, of course, and to commemorate that, their lemon and elderflower cake had a very late-spring, early summer vibe to fit the occasion. Similarly, this time around, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank shared a couple of slices of cake more in line with an autumn-themed ceremony.
Another thing that these two cakes have in common is that save for a couple of slices fished out of a freezer in a year's time, we won't see these particular cakes any time soon at a royal event. The same can't be said of Prince William's wedding cake, which has been used in each christening of their three kids, the most recent of which happened hot on the heels of Prince Harry's wedding, back in July of this year.
There, guests might have been horrified to learn that the delicious cake they were enjoying was actually seven years old, but I doubt anybody would have told them until well after the final bites had been safely swallowed, and the revelation could be had well away from the royal upholstery.