John Hoatson of Fort Lauderdale has a collection of royal memorabilia, though he says his favorite piece is a leftover slice of fruitcake from Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding, which he remembers watching on television as a child.
“It will never get old. It’s preserved by the air,” Hoatson told the Tampa Bay Times, “I sent the cake to England and the box was signed by two of her bridesmaids, India Hicks and Clemmie Hambro, who was of course her littlest bridesmaid at 5 years old. I really like the letters and cards. She was a huge card writer. I have an engagement letter from right after she was engaged to Charles. It’s signed ‘Lady Diana.’ ”
He told the Times that while many people ask if he’s ever had a taste, he has not.
“It’s 36-year-old fruitcake, and it looks really bad.”
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Princess Diana and Prince Charles married on July 29, 1981 in a lavish ceremony watched by the world.
The couple divorced in August 1996 — a year before her death in on August 31, 1997.