11 of the most incredible royal wedding cakes around the world

11 of the most incredible royal wedding cakes around the world

The INSIDER Summary:

  • Royal wedding cakes have been enormous over the years, with multiple layers weighing hundreds of pounds.
  • At the wedding, the first piece is often cut with a ceremonial sword.
  • Here are 11 incredible wedding cakes from royal weddings around the world.


Royal weddings are extravagant affairs, and the cakes are no exception. Baked by hardworking teams of the finest chefs, they're often made of multiple layers weighing hundreds of pounds, decorated with intricate flowers and delicate swirls of icing, and displayed on artful stands.

We've already looked at how gorgeous royal wedding dresses look around the world. Now, here are 11 of the most incredible royal wedding cakes.

Norway's Princess Martha Louise and her husband Ari Behn share the first piece of wedding cake May 24, 2002. Lise Aserud/Scanpix/Pool/Reuters

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip's wedding cake in 1947 weighed 500 pounds, stood at nine feet tall, and took two weeks to make.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip's wedding cake in 1947 weighed 500 pounds, stood at nine feet tall, and took two weeks to make.
Two London constables stand guard over the official wedding cake of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Nov. 16, 1947.
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Prince William and Kate Middleton's cake was a little more understated, but no less intricate.

Prince William and Kate Middleton's cake was a little more understated, but no less intricate.
Fiona Cairns poses for a photograph with the wedding cake she and her team made for Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, April 29, 2011.
John Stillwell/Pool/Reuters

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway had a seven-layer wedding cake.

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway had a seven-layer wedding cake.
Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and his new wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit cut their seven-layer wedding cake during their wedding reception at the Royal Castle in Oslo August 25, 2001.
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Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco's cake was topped with a cornucopia, flowers, and an explosion of stars.

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco's cake was topped with a cornucopia, flowers, and an explosion of stars.
Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco cut the cake during the religious ceremony of the Royal Wedding, in the main courtyard at Prince's Palace on July 2, 2011 in Monaco.
Eric Mathon/Palais Princier/Getty Images

It definitely adds a certain flair.

It definitely adds a certain flair.
Princess Maxima and Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander prepare to slice the wedding cake at the royal palace in Amsterdam, February 2, 2002. Some 1,750 guests attended the marriage of Queen Beatrix's eldest son in the 600-year-old Nieuwe Kerk church.
Joroen van der Meyden/Handout Royal Palace/Reuters

Because a towering edible masterpiece clearly isn't magnificent enough.

Because a towering edible masterpiece clearly isn't magnificent enough.
Jordan's Prince Rashid bin El Hassan and his bride Princess Zeina cut their wedding cake during a ceremony at the Bassman Palace in Amman July 22, 2011.
Yousef Allan/Royal Palace Handout/Reuters

Might as well use the ceremonial sword for something.

Might as well use the ceremonial sword for something.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland cut their wedding cake during the Wedding Banquet at the Royal Palace on June 19, 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Jonas Ekstromer/Pool/Getty Images

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