Andrea CaamanoA look at the most beautiful royal wedding cakes - from Prince William and Kate Middleton's Fiona Cairns creation to the Queen and Prince Philip's McVitie and Price masterpiece
The centrepiece of any royal wedding breakfast is, of course, the cake and we've been treated to a number of stunning creations in recent years. The talented bakers who have been chosen by the brides and grooms have often shared the recipes so that royal fans can recreate the cakes at home.
We've also been treated to behind-the-scenes preparations in the run-up to each royal wedding, as the creators make the final finishing touches.
In honour of National Cake Day on 26 November, we thought we'd take a look back at some of the most amazing royal wedding cakes through the years.
Lady Gabriella and Thomas Kingston's wedding cake by baker Fiona Cairns, was a beautiful eight-tiered creation with pale blush icing and leaf border surrounding the base, inspired by fabric within Frogmore House. The cake featured three different sponges: luxury rich fruit cake, classic Victoria sponge and lemon Limoncello sponge cake.
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WATCH: Baker Claire Ptak gives behind-the-scenes look at the making of Harry and Meghan's royal wedding cake
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
The couple asked wedding cake designer Sophie Cabot to make the centrepiece for their big day in October 2018. The stunning red velvet and chocolate cake consisted of five-tiers and was decorated with autumnal flowers and leaves.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's lemon and elderflower cake was made by Claire Ptak, owner of London-based Violet Bakery. It was covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers to incorporate the bright flavours of spring for their May 2018 wedding.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had two cakes made for their 2011 nuptials. The first was a magnificent eight-tiered iced traditional fruit cake featuring the "language of flowers" made by Leicestershire baker Fiona Cairns. The confectionery masterpiece - which took five weeks to make - was covered in cream and intricate white icing and decorated with up to 900 delicate sugar-paste flowers. William and Kate saved the top two tiers of the cake for their future children's christenings.
Their second cake was a childhood favourite of William's - an unbaked chocolate biscuit cake. It was made by McVities to a recipe the firm received from Buckingham Palace kitchen chefs. As well as a couple of secret ingredients, it featured dark chocolate and broken-up Rich Tea biscuits.
Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten
The Queen's wedding cake was a grand affair, standing at nine-foot high, weighing 500 pounds and featuring four tiers. Made by McVitie and Price from ingredients received from the Australian Girl Guides, the cake was cut using Philip's sword. One layer was kept until the christening of Prince Charles and another was sent back to Australia by way of thanks.
The 1973 cake chosen by the royal couple was helped skyward with silver tiers, supporting the weight of the cake and all that icing.
Here Sergeant Major David Dodd of the Army Catering Corps can be seen putting the finishing touches to the wedding cake.
Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly's princess-perfect wedding cake was given to the couple by the pastry chefs at Monte-Carlo's famed Hôtel de Paris. The treat's upper two tiers featured a built-in cage that held a pair of live turtledoves – they were released when the couple cut into the cake with Prince Rainier's sword.
Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock
Albert and Charlene pulled out all of the stops to ensure their cake made an impression on their VIP guests. It was made up of seven tiers and, always keen to pay homage to her roots, Charlene ensured the cake was decorated with Proteas, South Africa's national flower.
When the Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, their official royal wedding cake was 5ft high and weighed 255lbs. It was made by the Royal Navy's Cookery school, HMS Pembroke, at Chatham.
Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon
Five feet tall, 150 pounds, and designed with hexagonally panelled tiers, the cake of Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon came in three massive layers, in lieu of many small ones. The sides of each tier bore the Princess's coat of arms and the couple's new monogram.
Prince Haakon of Norway and Mette-Marit
The couple's seven-layer wedding cake featured dragons on the side and was made of white chocolate. The design of the cake was inspired by one of the Viking ships located in a museum in Oslo. The impressive creation was a gift from Norwegian cake makers and was a traditional English wedding cake with a spiced bottom filled with raisins, fruits and berries.
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist
The couple's cake was very modern, featuring multiple tiers held on different stands and with lights shining from the centre of each of them. The colourful wedding cake contained pop rocks (fizzing candy) as a surprise for the guests.
Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling
Victoria and Daniel's cake takes the prize for the most showstopping royal cake. When the couple married in June 2010, the country's Association of Bakers & Confectioners gifted the couple with a stunning wedding cake. Weighing 250 kg, it was made up of 11 tiers, each in the shape of a lucky four-leaf clover.
Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Maxima Zorreguieta
The couple's gorgeous four-tiered white wedding cake featured their monogram in red.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's white iced two-tier wedding cake in 1840 was 9ft in diameter and weighed 300 lbs. It was decorated with a figure of Britannia in the act of blessing figures of the bride and groom dressed in ancient Greek costume.
Victoria's cake is seen as the most influential of royal wedding cakes, as prior to Victoria, wedding cakes were not an important feature at wedding receptions.