PRINCE William and Kate Middleton cut the first slice of a magnificent eight-tiered wedding cake on Friday afternoon as they celebrated their marriage.
The confectionery masterpiece covered in cream and white icing and decorated with up to 900 delicate sugar-paste flowers was centre-stage at the Buckingham Palace reception.
The wedding cake, designed by Fiona Cairns, was accompanied by a chocolate biscuit cake that William had requested made from a royal family recipe. Garland on the cake matched architectural garland in the room, and each of the many varieties of flowers decorating the cake carried a specific meaning.
The wedding cake was made up of 17 individual fruitcakes, with 12 forming the base. The cake was then decorated with cream and white icing using the Joseph Lambeth technique.
The cake was served at a lavish lunchtime wedding reception at Buckingham Palace for 650 close friends and family.