Princess Diana died 17 years ago Sunday; Prince Charles wedding cake auctions for $1,375

Today marks 17 years since Princess Diana unexpectedly died and the world remembers her fondly still today.

Lady Diana Spencer became Princess of Wales upon her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981. The couple had two children, well-known Prince Harry and Prince William.

On August 31, 1997, Princess Diana was involved in a deadly car accident in Paris that would kill her and two others, according to ABC News .

Princess Diana and Prince Charles divorced a year before the accident.

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Recently, a 33-year-old slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding was sold at auction for $1,375.

The cake, still in its original white and silver presentation box, was sold online Thursday by Nate D. Sanders Auctions of Los Angeles.

With the box was a card stating, "With best wishes from Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince & Princess of Wales."

Auction house spokesman Sam Heller says the buyer is a private collector.

Although the cake came wrapped in its original wax paper, Heller says it wouldn't be a good idea to try to eat it.

He adds, however, that there is a small but dedicated group of royal cake collectors.

Some, Heller says, have purchased cakes dating to the days of Britain's Queen Victoria, who married in 1840.


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