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Tue, 10 Jul, 2018Melody Teh

Why guests at Prince Louis' christening were served 7-year-old cake

Why guests at Prince Louis' christening were served 7-year-old cake

The royal family celebrated Prince Louis’ christening on Monday and before the ceremony, Kensington Palace released official details – including the fact that guests would be served “slices of christening cake, which is a tier taken from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake.”

As you will remember, Prince William and Kate Middleton wed back in 2011 and their wedding cake was a traditional eight-tier fruitcake, comprising of 17 individual fruit cakes, and decorated with roughly 900 flowers and leaves using cream and white icing.

Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding cake

The announcement certainly raised a few eyebrows on social media, with many questioning why the Cambridges’ were serving seven-year-old cake and whether the cake was even safe to eat.

British custom dictates couple’s serve wedding cake each time their child is christened. That means Late and William will have eaten their wedding cake on four separate occasions by the end of their youngest child Louis’ christening.

As to whether it’s safe to consume such old cake, Benjamin Chapman, an assistant professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University, tells Yahoo Lifestyle while there are some risk factors, it is probably OK to consume.

“If people can get past the taste of it, from a food safety standpoint it’s probably OK,” Benjamin says.

See pictures from Prince Louis' chirstening here