The Fascinating Reason Why British Royals Save The Top of Their Wedding Cake

It's not what you'd think.

The new royal couple Prince Harry & Meghan Markle have been shaking it up in terms of royal wedding traditions. Though much about their big day is still under wraps, we do know the couple opted out of the traditional fruitcake served at royal weddings and decided to serve a lemon elderflower cake instead. Prince William and Kate Middleton (and many generations before them!) had dutifully served the traditional dessert at their wedding. It has also been rumored that the new royal couple will be hiring a very unorthodox vendor for the after party. But will Prince Harry and Meghan break another tradition when it comes to their dessert?

Saving the Top Tier

Unlike American tradition where the cake top is saved (and stored in the back of the freezer) to be enjoyed on a first anniversary, the British royal family has a different purpose for saving their cake: to serve at their future children’s christenings. How sweet! (Pun intended.)

According to the baker of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake, the first tier was served at the christening of Prince George in 2013 and the second at Princess Charlotte’s in 2015. It is still unknown if the third royal baby, Prince Louis, will also have a tier served at his christening. In an interview with Town & Country, Cairns said that she “would like to be involved with third christening” like how she was involved with the previous two, but “doesn’t want to speculate.”

So will Prince Harry & Meghan Markle save the tiers of their lemon elderflower cake? It’s still too soon to tell. But it isn’t too soon to start baking a delicious Triple Layer Lemon Cake of our own to celebrate the couple’s upcoming celebration.

Speaking of their wedding, did you know that the royal couple will have to follow these two rules when dining with Queen Elizabeth II?

Save a slice of these gorgeous cakes.
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Kiersten Hickman
Kiersten is a freelance journalist and content strategist who has covered food, health and lifestyle topics for nearly a decade. She covers a little bit of everything at Taste of Home, from testing recipe hacks to investigating TikTok trends. Her work has also appeared in EatingWell, Bustle, Eat This, Not That!, and The Everygirl, to name a few. Armed with a certificate in nutrition science from Stanford Medicine, she debunks nutrition myths and diet culture in "Forkful," her weekly newsletter on Substack. Her debut novel, "Safe Harbor," came out in 2023.