Slice of Dianas wedding cake to fetch 20,000

London, Aug 27 | Updated: Aug 28 2008, 05:40am hrs
A slice of Princess Dianas wedding cake, kept for 27 years in a former servants attic, could fetch as much as 20,000 when it is sold at auction wednesday. The nine-inch square piece of confectionery was given to cleaner Moyra Smith in 1981 when she worked for the Queen Mother. Moyra died last month aged 78 and it was her dying wish for it to be sold.

Wrapped up in a metal tin the slice has remained in the loft of the London home of Moyra and her husband Donald ever since. The cake, along with a personally signed letter to Moyra from Diana, will go under the hammer at specialist auctioneers Dominic Winter Book Auctions, South Cerney, Wilts.In 1998, a similar slice sold fo 17,000, a year after the princess died in a Paris road crash.

Widower Donald said his wife had a special place in the hearts of the Royal Household. When the cake arrived at Clarence House, Moyra was told she could have a slice from the top tier to keep for herself. I found the cake in the loft, still wrapped in the same cling film she had put it in when she brought it home Diana memorabilia specialist auctioneer Chris Albury, from Dominic Winter, said the cake was the biggest piece he had ever seen.

He said, This piece is special because it was from the cake sent to the Queen Mother at Clarence House. I have seen lots of smaller pieces before but never one from the Royal Household.

The decorative sugar icing of the royal coat of arms on top of the cake is very skilled and while there is some cracking and damage it is in remarkably good condition. A personally signed letter from the princess thanking Moyra for her contribution to a wedding gift is also being sold in the lot.

Chris said We are putting a value of at least 600 on the letter because it is signed by Diana herself. It has been personally signed by Diana to Moyra, which makes it very special. It thanks Moyra for her work in the house and her contribution to a wedding gift for Charles and Diana.

Jeweller Donald, who will attend the auction, hopes the sale of the cake will raise money for a charity set up by the couple to help the elderly. We helped start a charity call Furzedown which organises trips for elderly people in London.Moyra donated 2,000 for a minibus so I could drive groups for days out in Brighton and Bournemouth

PTI