Bids climbing for old wedding cake and music with a Princess Di twist
Prince Charles tries his hand at archery watched by Jason Wilson, 11, during a visit to the North West Youth Project on May 11 in Kilmarnock, Scotland. The Prince, who is known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, will be heading to Canada for a four-day visit May 20-24. Full schedule is below. (Getty Images)
Old cake and old music ... is there a better way to spend thousands of dollars?
Well, yes, but that's not what captivates the people bidding at an auction. This is about being collectible, and if Princess Di or Kate Middleton are connected to the item, then putting a price on it is hardly comparable to the bragging rights.
Item No. 1: A year-old piece of fruitcake (right) from Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton. Organizers at the auction were figuring on $1,600, which is what slices of Prince Charles-Diana's cake were wedding had been going for a few years ago. Prince William is making dear old dad look very much second best.
A piece of the Will-Kate cake has 12 days left on the auction block and has already surpassed $2,300.
The cake, designed by Fiona Cairns, was originally sliced and presented to 650 VIP guests and family at Buckingham Palace. This particular piece is believed to be the first to go under the hammer (though not literally).
Item No. 2: Princess Diana had some varied tastes in music, and you get a good sampling of it from this 19-record set which was rescued from a glorified gararge sale in 2004.
Back then, one observant buyer paid $10 for the entire collection, which had everything from Bob Dylan to Beethoven and was part of Diana's music world before she was a princess. As well, every album was signed at least once by the Diana, a total of 27 signatures.
"The records would fit very snugly into the collection I saw at St James's Palace, said Paul Bambaccini, who catalogued the collection. "It was custom for the Spencer children to put first names on records to make it clear which record belonged to which child."
There's probably a few scratches on this vinyl, but that hasn't seem to deter bidders. They have until May 24, but the bidding -- which began at $400 -- has hit $5,800.
Here's what the collection includes:
Favourite Ballet - signed on the front and inside
Edward Heath's Music - signed on the back
Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years - signed on the front cover
Bob Dylan – Hard Rain - signed on the front cover
John Denver – Rocky Mountain High - signed on the front cover
Eagles - Greatest Hits - signed on the front cover
Carmen - signed on the front cover
Romeo & Juliet - signed on the front cover
Brahms - Hungarian Dances - signed on the front and back covers
Sibelius – Finlandia - signed on the back
Beethoven – Pastoral Symphony - signed on the front and back covers
Beethoven – Symphony Number 5 - signed on the front and back covers
Mozart – Symphony Number 40 - signed on the front and back covers
Mendelssohn Overture - signed on the back cover
La Fille Mal Gardee - signed on the front and back covers
Saint Saens & Faure - signed on the back cover
Elgar – Enigma Variations - signed on the front and back covers
Liszrt Piano Works - signed on the back cover
Greig Selection – 2 LPs signed on the front and inside cover
WHERE TO SEE CHARLES AND CAMILLA
Judging by the event calendar for the four-day tour, the royals would appear to have strong bladders, since there's barely time for a bathroom break.
Now all they have to hope for is good weather, which may well be guaranteed since Charles make his guest debut at the BBC's weatherman on Thursday (right). He was, by all accounts, a smash hit across the viral universe.
Not to get in the way of protocol, here is the Camilla-Charles schedule as presented be Canadian Heritage ministry:
Sunday, May 20, 2012 – Saint John, New Brunswick
7:45 p.m. (ADT) – Arrival in Canada
Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Saint John International Airport, where they are greeted according to Canadian custom and protocol.
Monday, May 21, 2012 – Canadian Forces Base Gagetown and Saint John, New Brunswick
10:30 a.m. – Official Welcome to Canada and New Brunswick Ceremony
At Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, the Governor General officially welcomes Their Royal Highnesses to Canada and New Brunswick. This event features full military honours including a 21-gun salute and the breaking of His Royal Highness’ personal Canadian flag.
11:05 a.m. – Meet with Military Personnel at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown
Their Royal Highnesses will meet with military personnel enrolled in The Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur program. Their Royal Highnesses will learn first-hand from service personnel and delivery partners how The Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur program enables transitioning service personnel to start and grow their own businesses.
11:45 a.m. – Reception hosted by the Government of Canada
At Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, Their Royal Highnesses, accompanied by the Governor General, attend a private reception hosted by the Government of Canada.
1:10 p.m. – Heritage Tour of Prince William Street
After arriving in Saint John, Their Royal Highnesses proceed on a walking heritage tour of Prince William Street, where they observe projects and activities related to the restoration of Saint John and meet the 2002 Committee for the Prince of Wales Municipal Heritage Leadership Prize. This event will welcome Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to the city of Saint John and showcase some of its rich heritage, in particular the architecture of historic Prince William Street, which won the Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership in 2002.
1:25 p.m. – Citizenship Court Ceremony at the Old Post Office
To demonstrate how civic pride is celebrated and the significance of the Canadian Crown in our constitutional monarchy in this year of Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Their Royal Highnesses attend a citizenship ceremony to welcome Canada’s newest citizens.
2:10 p.m. – Government of New Brunswick Victoria Day Celebration
As part of the provincial celebrations organized by the citizens of New Brunswick to mark the Canadian Sovereign’s Official Birthday and the Diamond Jubilee, Their Royal Highnesses join thousands of Canadians celebrating Victoria Day at the Marco Polo Cruise Terminal in Saint John. Their Royal Highnesses view artisans and culinary demonstrations and meet with local Boy Scouts and Girl Guides before taking in a musical performance by the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra.
3:10 p.m. – Tour of Hazen-White-St. Francis School
Their Royal Highnesses visit Hazen-White-St. Francis School to observe first-hand how students are benefitting from the school’s work with community partners. During the tour, Their Royal Highnesses will meet with staff, mentors, and children involved in the Promise Partnership mentorship program as part of the Crescent Valley Community Regeneration Project. Their Royal Highnesses will also open the Diamond Jubilee IT Centre at the school before joining students in School Fun Day activities.
Monday, May 21, 2012 – Toronto, Ontario
5:10 p.m. – Arrival in Toronto
The 2012 Royal Tour of Toronto begins with the arrival of Their Royal Highnesses at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
9:30 p.m. – Victoria Day Fireworks Display
Their Royal Highnesses, accompanied by the Premier of Ontario, meet with members of emergency services and their families to highlight the importance of service in communities, before observing Toronto’s fireworks display in honour of Victoria Day.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 – Toronto, Ontario
10:10 a.m. – Event Hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario at Queen’s Park
Their Royal Highnesses arrive at Queen’s Park to meet with the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and attend a Diamond Jubilee Medals ceremony, where they will present medals to recipients who, like Her Majesty, have dedicated themselves to service to their fellow citizens, their community and their country.
11:05 a.m. – His Royal Highness Tours the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University
His Royal Highness arrives at Ryerson University and meets with students and entrepreneurs involved in projects for the university’s Digital Media Zone, showcasing some of Canada’s great young minds and innovative spirit.
11:05 a.m. – Her Royal Highness Visits The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
Her Royal Highness visits The Queen’s Own Rifles at Moss Park Armoury and inspects the Honour Guard mounted by the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada (a militia regiment within the Canadian Forces for which The Duchess is the honorary Colonel-in-Chief). Her Royal Highness meets with soldiers and their families and lays a wreath in front of the regiment’s Memorial Wall to pay respect to Canadians who served our nation and paid the ultimate sacrifice.
12:05 p.m. – His Royal Highness Tours the Pan/Parapan American Athletes’ Village
His Royal Highness visits the Pan/Parapan Athletes’ Village in Toronto and meets with the Chair of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Organizing Committee. His Royal Highness learns about the history and environment of the Athletes’ Village and meets with a group of Canadian athletes who hope to be participating in the 2012 London Olympics this summer.
12:45 p.m. – Government of Ontario Reception at the Historic Distillery District
Their Royal Highnesses tour Toronto’s Distillery District and attend a private reception as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations hosted by the Premier of Ontario in the Fermenting Room of the Thompson Landry Gallery.
1:50 p.m. – His Royal Highness Tours the Yonge Street Mission
His Royal Highness visits the Yonge Street Mission to meet staff and people benefitting from the employment skills workshops offered at the facility through the Mission’s U for Change program. His Royal Highness also meets with business leaders and participants to share their experiences from the Prince's Seeing is Believing program, which is part of His Royal Highness’ charity initiatives in Canada.
3:30 p.m. – His Royal Highness Meets with Assembly of First Nations
His Royal Highness meets with the leaders of the Assembly of First Nations.
6:00 p.m. – 1812 Commemorative Military Muster at Fort York Armoury
Their Royal Highnesses visit Fort York Armoury for an inspection of the Guard of Honour and a Military Muster. First Nations’ groups and current regiments with a link to the War of 1812 will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Details on the Government of Canada’s plans to commemorate the War can be found on the official website.
9:00 p.m. (CST) – Arrival in Regina
The 2012 Royal Tour of Regina begins with the arrival of Their Royal Highnesses at Regina International Airport.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 – Regina, Saskatchewan
11:00 a.m. – Official Arrival to Saskatchewan at the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly Building
Their Royal Highnesses arrive at the Legislative Assembly for the official welcoming ceremony to Saskatchewan. This event includes a visit to the Legislative Chamber, where Their Royal Highnesses will attend a Diamond Jubilee Medals ceremony and present medals to recipients who, like Her Majesty, have dedicated themselves to service to their fellow citizens, their community, and their country. Their Royal Highnesses will also unveil a plaque commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Legislative Assembly and Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee as well as the design of the Assembly’s new Black Rod. They will also present the Assembly with wood from the Duchy of Cornwall estate.
12:15 p.m. – Reception Hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan at Government House
Their Royal Highnesses arrive at Government House to officially open the Diamond Jubilee Exhibit and join the At Home with Saskatchewan Leaders reception hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan.
1:30 p.m. – Tour of First Nations University
Their Royal Highnesses visit First Nations University to recognize the importance of First Nations culture and traditions in defining Canada’s national identity. Their Royal Highnesses will take in a musical performance by an Aboriginal drum group before taking part in a discussion with First Nations and Métis representatives. Their Royal Highnesses will also meet with Aboriginal youth leaders and alumni to learn about heritage preservation, Aboriginal entrepreneurship, and mentorship programs available at the university that focus on community rejuvenation and innovative social programming.
2:45 p.m. – Tour of Ground Effects Environmental Services
His Royal Highness, accompanied by the Minister of Environment for Saskatchewan, tours Ground Effects’ ElectroPure water treatment facility, meeting with staff to learn about groundbreaking technologies that are used at the facility to clean up ground water contamination.
4:00 p.m. – His Royal Highnesses Meets with Prime Minister Harper
His Royal Highness holds a private audience with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
4:50 p.m. – His Royal Highnesses Meets with the Governor General
His Royal Highness holds a private audience with Governor General David Johnston .
7:10 p.m. – Diamond Jubilee Concert at RCMP Depot Division Drill Hall Hosted by the Government of Canada
The Government of Canada hosts a concert by the Regina Symphony Orchestra at the RCMP Depot Division Drill Hall in honour of the 2012 Royal Tour of Their Royal Highnesses to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen. This event will provide Their Royal Highnesses with the opportunity to enjoy a performance of the Regina Symphony Orchestra for the first time since His Royal Highness became the ensemble’s patron in 2008.
8:50 p.m. – Official Farewell to Canada and Saskatchewan ceremony
The Governor General, the Prime Minister, the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, and the Premier of Saskatchewan bid farewell to Their Royal Highnesses at the Official Departure Ceremony complete with full military honours, a 21-gun salute, the breaking of His Royal Highness’ personal Canadian flag, and an inspection of the Guard of Honour by His Royal Highness.