Kate Middleton has maintained contact with Fiona Cairns, the caterer who designed the iconic wedding cake for her royal wedding. The cake designer spoke in detail about their unique exchanges since then.
Kate Middleton has many gracious qualities typical of a future royal consort. But sending letters of gratitude to her cake designer ten years after the wedding was something no one would have imagined.
In an interview ahead of the Duchess' 10th wedding anniversary, Fiona Cairns, the brains behind the design of the legendary wedding cake served at the Cambridges' wedding, recounted their communication in the last ten years.
Prince William and Kate Middleton journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images
Speaking to Us Weekly, the cake designer recounted how a palace insider contacted her after the wedding to inform her how much the couple loved the multi-tiered fruit cake.
Despite the official accolade from the insider, Middleton took it upon herself to send a note to Cairns in person afterward and have carried on the practice ever since. Cairns revealed:
"After that, I have spoken to kate a couple of times and received letters, and yeah, the cake was a success."
Ahead of the royal event, a Buckingham palace spokesperson disclosed some of the cake's expected characteristics, including the fruitcake flavor, its multiple tiers, and the infused ingredients.
However, the palace insider who contacted Cairns also notified her that the work of art exceeded expectations. Interestingly, the cake designer refuses to take all the credits, acknowledging Middleton as the brains behind the creative concept.
In 2018, the legendary confectionery made the menu a third time.
She explained how the Duchess personally entrusted her with the mandate because of her previous creative designs. And given the tasking process involved in making a fruit cake, including baking it months in advance, she did not let them down.
Throughout the creating process, Middleton sent design inspirations, including a lace design to replicate on the cake, the list of flowers and leaves to include, and some other details to add a touch of intimacy. In another interview, Cairns recalled:
"It wasn't to have any color on it at all. It had to reflect the flowers of the four UK nations. It also had to reflect the picture gallery at Buckingham palace."
Fiona Cairns stands close to Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal Wedding cake at the Buckingham Palace in London on April, 29, 2011. | Photo: Getty Images
Middleton's vision for the masterpiece was to fit into the gallery when displayed, highlighting the architectural detail in its way. And Cairn's confectionery piece did just that.
Remarkably, the magnificent work of art doubled as a souvenir, reportedly having a shelf life spanning decades. In 2013, the couple served it at the christening of their first son, Prince George.
Prince William and Kate Middleton with Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte during Trooping The Colour, on June 8, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images
Again in 2015, at a tea party in honor of Princess Charlotte's christening, the Cambridges served a piece of the fruit cake to guests at the occasion in Sandringham house.
In 2018, the legendary confectionery made the menu a third time, for Prince George's christening. As far as cakes go, Fiona Cairns artistic confectionery for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Kate Middleton is undoubtedly one of a kind!