Crowd puller is a piece of cake

Prince William and Catherine Middleton wedding cake and order of service on display in Thirlstane Castle. Ian Garner, castle administrator.
Prince William and Catherine Middleton wedding cake and order of service on display in Thirlstane Castle. Ian Garner, castle administrator.
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THERE will be an added attraction for the thousands of visitors and exhibitors due to descend on Thirlestane Castle for a vintage car extravaganza on Sunday.

A sweet reminder of the recent royal wedding is on display in the Maitland Room of the Lauder house, because, as Lord Lieutenant for Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale, Thirlestane’s Captain Gerald Maitland-Carew attended the ceremony with his wife Rosalind. As is traditional for wedding guests, they were sent a slab of the eight-tier cake, created by Fiona Cairns for the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

“We had laid out the full order of service from Westminster Abbey on a table for visitors to look at,” the castle administrator Ian Garner, pictured above, said.

“Unfortunately it was getting a bit the worse for wear with visitors handling it, so when the cake arrived we decided to combine the two mementos of a great occasion in a single display case.

“It’s a rich fruit cake in a commemorative tin, so we don’t expect it to go off any time soon. So far, the display has been a source of real fascination and great crowd puller.”

Thirlestane Castle is open to the public on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 10am till 3pm.