July 16th, 2012
02:34 AM ET

A toast to bring in some dough: Royal leftover bread goes up for auction

Your typical royal toast likely involves a bit of the bubbly. This one just involves some stale bread.

Up for auction in the United Kingdom this week is a piece of toast from Prince Charles' breakfast tray on the morning he married Lady Diana Spencer on July 29, 1981.

Rosemarie Smith snatched the crispy piece of bread during a visit to Buckingham Palace. Her daughter, who worked for the royal family for almost three decades, had invited Smith to spend the hours ahead of the wedding at the palace with her.

"At the time my daughter was a maid at the Palace and one of her duties was to collect Prince Charles's breakfast tray from outside his room," Smith said in a report on the auctioneers' website. "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'?"

William and Kate's wedding and the Queen's Jubilee got Smith thinking that her bit of royal bread could be worth something.


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  1. Rascal Rabble

    why would anyone entertain this woman's conjectures about buckingham's toast? ...whether it's from a pre-wedding breakfast or leftover crack3rs with camilla...obviously, she doesn't know the difference between sna ch€d and stole...

    July 16, 2012 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Sherlock Holmes

      my dear watson...has anyone ever considered that another person's tray may have been placed outside that door???

      July 16, 2012 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Dr John Watson

      well sir...the pet's plate of the royal hounds also given toast...

      July 16, 2012 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Sherlock Holmes

      oh come, watson, come...the scandal...to auction thousands of pounds on kibble n bits, really?

      July 16, 2012 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. dr. watson

    Its all elementary holmes!

    July 16, 2012 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bob

    Arrested her for stealing. Put this woman in jail. Can I sell my leftover big Mac?

    July 16, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    This has got to be the silliest thing I have ever heard of, and I've heard plenty of absurd things...
    And that's not the true BOMBO.

    July 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |