Thanks To A Bizarre British Tradition, 7-Year-Old Cake Was Served At Prince Louis’ Christening

Royals are as royals do. And most of the times, they tend to do things that are way, way unusual for us normal folk. But hey, unusual we’re okay with. However, a tradition that is being followed for the christening of the newest British Royal, Prince Louis, might not be…er… digested well by many!

The christening of Prince Louis, third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and youngest sibling to Prince George and Princess Charlotte, was held at the Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace yesterday.

FYI, a christening or baptism is a Catholic rite of passage, where a child is given a Christian name by the parents, as a sign of admission into a Christian church. In desi lingo, you can pretty much call it a naamkaran!

Members of the royal family, except the Queen, were in attendance, dressed in their church best!

Hello there, newly-weds Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the dapper Prince Harry and the stunning Meghan Markle!

All this while the baby of the moment, the adorable two-and-a-half-month-old Prince Louis was taking a royal nap!

#princelouis is adorable. He will be a good looking little boy. #princelouisofcambridge

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Okay, I know I promised you something unusual, so here goes!

Apparently, there is a bizarre tradition that prompted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to serve slices of their wedding cake at the christening. ICMYI, Will and Kate’s wedding was in 2011, which basically makes that cake is SEVEN YEARS OLD!

The official press release for the christening mentioned the same:

“Following the service, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will give a private tea at Clarence House. Guests will be served slices of christening cake, which is a tier taken from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake.”

So what exactly is this tradition that allows old cake to be served like this?

As per the bizarre, and rather unhygienic British monarchy tradition, the top-most tier of the wedding cakes of royals would be preserved, to be served at the couple’s first anniversary or baptism of their child.

The cake is almost always a fruit cake, that is dressed in alcohol (brandy) which helps with the preservation process. The tradition also carries out to wedding guests taking a slice of the royal wedding cake and preserving it as memorabilia. These slices have, on occasion, even been auctioned for ludicrous sums of money!

Check out the cake from Will and Kate’s 2011 royal wedding.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake, designed by Fiona Cairns, was made from 17 individual fruit cakes and had eight tiers. The cake was decorated with cream and white icing using the Joseph Lambeth technique. There were up to 900 individually iced flowers and leaves of 17 different varieties decorated on the cake. A garland design around the middle of the cake matched the architectural garlands decorated around the top of the Picture Gallery in Buckingham Palace, the room in which the cake was displayed during the wedding.”

 

Okay, it’s all beautiful and regal until you tell me I gotta eat it aged seven years! Because then, it’s just gross!

And this sentiment echoed amongst a lot of people, who simply made a face when they heard about 7-year-old cake being served, no matter however perfectly preserved it might have been!

Listen, l love cake. I do. But this, really?

Prince George was probably the luckiest!

Yes, yes. Yummy.

Cannot. Get. Over. It.

Well, rest assured, it is safe, folks! A spot of brandy will do ya good!

Someone asked a very sly and sensible question!

I’d totally do this too! I am royal, I can do anything!

And finally, THE tweet to sum up the whole debate….

Well, everything’s fair in love, war and dessert!