Are you a blueblood wondering how you can make a quick buck or two (not that you need to if you were indeed royalty)? Do you have left over breakfast, oh you know, just lying around?
Rosemarie Smith from London, whose daughter work for the royal family for nearly three decades, decided to sell a slice of toast at an auction for 230 pounds (RM1127). And not just any random slice of toast. The humble scrap was left over from the breakfast table of Britain’s Prince Charles on his wedding day to the late Princess Diana.
Apparently, Rosemarie has been keeping the “memento” on her shelf in a cup when it came to be in her possession after a visit to the palace one day.
“At the time, my daughter was a maid at the palace and one of her duties was to collect Prince Charles’ breakfast tray from outside his room. I was with her in the corridor and saw that Prince Charles had left some toast on the tray. I had been thinking about a keepsake from the wedding and saw the toast and thought to myself, why not?”, she said in an official statement.
“We hadn’t talked about it much down the years but William and Kate’s wedding last year and then the Queen’s Jubilee has made the royals more popular than ever. That got me thinking that my toast could be worth a bit of money. I just wandered into the auctioneers out of curiosity and asked them if it was worth anything. I was pleasantly surprised to hear them agree with me that it could be of quite some value to royal collectors”, she added.
The toast was sold by auctioneers Hansons to a UK buyer, althought there hasn’t been any means or ways to prove that the toast was really from Prince Charles’ wedding table.
By the way, the then-fairytale wedding took place in 1981. Gosh. We shudder to imagine what the toast must look like by now.