Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are breaking tradition with their Royal wedding cake

Publish Date
Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 8:00AM
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have revealed what wedding cake they have chosen for their big day.

The former Suits actress is set to marry Harry at Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel on May 19 and the happy couple have chosen Californian-born pastry chef Claire Ptak, who runs London-based bakery Violet, to create the cake they will share with guests in celebration.

Breaking away from the traditional fruit cake, the wedding cake will be flavoured with lemon and elderflower to "incorporate the bright flavours of spring", and be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.

Kensington Palace announced: "Claire Ptak, who was raised in California, focuses on using seasonal and organic ingredients in her cakes. Ms. Markle previously interviewed Chef Ptak for her former lifestyle website The Tig. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are looking forward to sharing the cake with guests at their wedding at Windsor Castle on May 19th."

Claire wrote on Instagram: "Kinda excited to announce this one!! Violet has been chosen to make the wedding cake for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. They both share so many of the same values regarding food provenance, sustainability, seasonality and of course, flavour! [sic]"

The fresh, modern choice of cake demonstrates a break with tradition, as British wedding cakes are conventionally an alcohol-soaked fruitcake decorated with marzipan and white icing.  This preserves the cake and pieces are often kept as a souvenir of the event, rather than eaten.

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Meanwhile, Meghan has been baptised into the Anglican church in an "intimate service" performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby earlier this month.

He told ITV News: "It was very special. It was beautiful and sincere and very moving. It was a great privilege."

The archbishop will officiate Meghan's nuptials to Prince Harry at Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel on May 19  and he admitted he is feeling the pressure at presiding over the wedding of the year, especially after dropping the bride's ring when his director of communications Ailsa Anderson wed journalist Simon Cole last September.

He joked: "Unlike recent weddings, I must not drop the ring, and I must not forget to get the vows in the right order as I did at the rehearsal for one of my children's weddings!"

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