Monograms and marrying are a longtime duo, as solid as pillows and ringbearers and flowers and flower girls.
It is, in fact, quite rare to see fancy reception favors or new towels gifted to the happy couple lacking in some sort of scrolly letters painted or stitched on the front. The couple's initials, for all of the world, or at least their world, to admire.
Far rarer, for most vow-exchanging twosomes, is the appearance of a crown on a monogrammed wedding-related item. Unless, of course, you happen to be of noble heritage and you carry a title, some historic lineage, and perhaps a castle in your quiver.
Five slices of royal wedding cake, complete with monogrammed, crown-bearing boxes, are going up for auction at Julien's in Beverly Hills on Saturday, June 27, but not without a showcase in The Stafford London ahead of journeying across the pond.
Prior to the auction, the tony treats will get their public exhibition at the auction house's Beverly Hills headquarters from Monday, June 22 through Friday, June 26.
Entry is free.
Many an Anglophile could likely name the union from just the wedding dates, dates listed on several of the cake boxes, save the latest. But if date memorizing isn't your strong point, the cake slices hail from the weddings of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Princess Charles and Diana Spencer, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, and Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The slices hail from the Estate of Leonard Massey, the former First Chauffeur to Queen Elizabeth II. And all slices will be exhibited, and auctioned, with their original boxes and wrapping.
The holder for the Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles slice is a bit different from the rest: It's a tin. And guide prices run the gamut, from $400 to $2,000, depending on the storied slice.
second image: A slice of cake from the 1973 wedding of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips.