The one type of cake every British royal has served at their wedding

The British royal family spares no expense when it comes to their weddings. Each time, they mark the occasion with gorgeous venues, lavish décor, and exquisite clothing. (Kate Middleton even had TWO wedding dresses on her big day.) Suffice it to say, we would all have a wedding fit for a king (or queen!) if we had a bank account like one.

But the royals have one strange wedding tradition that you might not want to steal. Believe it or not, every British royal—from Queen Victoria in 1840 to Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011—has served fruitcake at their wedding. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip also served this unusual dessert at their wedding in 1947, as did Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981.

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ATTENTION EDITORS - EMBARGO, RELEASABLE TUESDAY 29 MARCH AT 0001 GMT - THIS RESTRICTION APPLIES TO ALL MEDIA, INCLUDING WEBSITES Royal Demi Chef De Partie, Shaun Mason (L) and Royal Chef Mark Flanagan, Head of Kitchens at Buckingham Palace, work in the kitchens at Buckingham Palace, London on March 25, 2011, as preparations for the forthcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton are underway. The second-in-line to the throne marries his university sweetheart on April 29 at Westminster Abbey, in an event that has become a global media sensation ever since they announced their engagement last November. AFP PHOTO/WPA POOL/Nick Ansell (Photo credit should read Nick Ansell/AFP/Getty Images)
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ATTENTION EDITORS - EMBARGO, RELEASABLE TUESDAY 29 MARCH AT 0001 GMT - THIS RESTRICTION APPLIES TO ALL MEDIA, INCLUDING WEBSITES A chef of the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace, London, holds a tray of canapes akin to that which is usually served at receptions held at the palace, in the kitchens at Buckingham Palace, London on March 25, 2011, as preparetions for the forthcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton are underway. The second-in-line to the throne marries his university sweetheart on April 29 at Westminster Abbey, in an event that has become a global media sensation ever since they announced their engagement last November. AFP PHOTO/WPA POOL/Nick Ansell (Photo credit should read Nick Ansell/AFP/Getty Images)
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(FILE PHOTO) In this composite image a comparison has been made between the Royal Wedding Cathedral aisle walks of Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer with that of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.(Left Image) LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 29: The Wedding Of Prince Charles To Lady Diana Spencer Held At St Paul's Cathedral In London. A General View Of The Prince And Princess Of Wales Walking Arm-in-arm Down The Aisle With Their Bridesmaids And Pageboys. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)(Right image) LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave Westminster Abbey following their marriage ceremony, on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dave Thompson- WPA Pool/Getty Images)
FLECKNEY, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 24: Cake designer Fiona Cairns, who has been commissioned by Prince William and Kate Middleton to create a multi-tiered traditional fruit cake for their wedding, holds a tray of decorations for the cake March 24, 2011 in Fleckney, Leicestershire, England. The wedding will take place on April 29, 2011. (Photo by Rui Vieira - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Catherine Middleton arrives at The Goring Hotel after visiting Westminster Abbey on April 28, 2011 in London, England. With less than 24 hours to go final preparations for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton are in place. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - APRIL 28: The British Embassy in Rome presents a book of signatures to celebrate the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 28, 2011 in Rome, Italy. The wedding of Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton will be celebrated at Westminster Abbey in London on April 29, 2011. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Guests arrive at Westminster Abbey ahead of the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Servicemen in Full Dress arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Crowds pose for a portrait during the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dave Hogan/GP) (Photo by Dave Hogan/GP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: (Centre) David Beckham and Victoria Beckham arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/GP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Guests arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/GP/Getty Images)
Queen Sofia of Spain departs Claridge's hotel to attend the wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton on April 29, 2011 in London, England.
A military marching band perform as they march along the processional route on the day of the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton, on April 29, 2011, in central London. AFP PHOTO / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU (Photo credit should read PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Tara Palmer-Tomkinson arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Crowds pose for a portrait during the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dave Hogan/GP) (Photo by Dave Hogan/GP/Getty Images)
A military division march in front of Westminster Abbey in London on the day of the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton, on April 29, 2011. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William and Catherine Middleton at the altar during their wedding service in Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is being led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Anthony Devlin - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Catherine Middleton waves to the crowds as she arrives to attend her Royal Wedding to Prince William on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/GP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William sings beside his bride Catherine Middleton during their wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William and his new bride Catherine Middleton stand in front of the altar during the service on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his new bride Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walk down the aisle at the close of their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Richard Pohle-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: (L-R) Michael Middleton, Carole Middleton, Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Eliza Lopes, Lady Louise Windsor, Grace van Cutsem, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Margarita Armstrong-Jones, page boys Tom Pettifer and William Lowther-Pinkerton with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Pippa Middleton, Prince Harry and James Middleton greet well-wishers from the balcony at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London, following their wedding on April 29, 2011. AFP PHOTO / WPA POOL / JOHN STILLWELL (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Catherine Middleton and her father Michael Middleton arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton, accompanied by her father Michael Middleton arrives at the West Door of Westminster Abbey in London for her wedding to Britain's Prince William, on April 29, 2011. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Charles travels to Westminster Abbey in London for the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton, on April 29, 2011. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart after their Wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge greet wellwishers from the balcony next to (L-R) Lady Louise Windsor, Grace Van Cutsem at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
Sister of the Bride and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton depart the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
(L-R) Michael Middleton, Carole Middleton, Eliza Lopes, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Lady Louise Windsor stand on balcony of Buckingham Palace following the wedding of TRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchesss of Cambridge on April 29, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
Kate Middleton, left, arrives for her wedding with Britain's Prince William as her maid of honor Pippa Middleton holds the train at Westminster Abbey in London. (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images)
UK - Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate (Catherine) Middleton - Kate Middleton waves to the crowd along the Mall for the trip to Westminster Abbey 29th April 2011 London UK (Photo by Paul Cunningham/Corbis via Getty Images)
UK - Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate (Catherine) Middleton - return along the Mall in an open Landau to Buckingham Palace 29th April 2011 London UK (Photo by Paul Cunningham/Corbis via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, leave after their wedding in Westminster Abbey in the 1902 State Landau along the Procession Route, in central London. (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images)
Princess Anne arrives at Westminster Abbey for the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, in central London. (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images)
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, departs Westminster Abbey after the service at the Royal Wedding in London. (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images)
HRH Prince William and Princess Catherine in the procession after their Royal wedding at Westminster Abbey . (Photo by rune hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)
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This isn’t your average, frumpy fruitcake, though. A traditional English wedding fruitcake “is an elaborate mixture of re-constituted dried fruits, which have been soaked in fruit juices and an alcoholic beverage such as port, sherry, rum, or even whiskey,” Chris Dodd, pastry chef at London’s Dalloway Terrace, told Vogue. “To these, a dark brown sugar is added, together with a mix of fragrant spices, butter, and flour. The final product is then coated in a marzipan layer, followed by royal icing, to create a smooth and elegant finish.”

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 13: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are seen during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle with Prince Harry on February 13, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 13: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Social Bite, a cafe that donates all profits to social causes, during their first official joint visit to Scotland on February 13, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/ WireImage)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle, during their visit to Scotland. (Photo by John Linton/PA Images via Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Goldsmiths' Hall in London, to celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in sporting and adventure challenges over the last year. (Photo by John Stillwell/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (R) and his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle (L) arrive to attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Goldsmiths' Hall in London on February 1, 2018. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended the second annual Endeavour Fund Awards ceremony in London. The Endeavour Fund Awards celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick veterans who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges as part of their recovery and rehabilitation. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ben STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Goldsmiths' Hall in London, to celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in sporting and adventure challenges over the last year. (Photo by John Stillwell/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (R) and his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle (L) arrive to attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Goldsmiths' Hall in London on February 1, 2018. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended the second annual Endeavour Fund Awards ceremony in London. The Endeavour Fund Awards celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick veterans who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges as part of their recovery and rehabilitation. / AFP PHOTO / POOL AND AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry's fiancee US actress Meghan Markle (L) helps with the award presentations as she attends the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Goldsmiths' Hall in London on February 1, 2018. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrated the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in sporting and adventure challenges over the last year. The Royal Foundation's Endeavour Fund supports the ambitions of these men and women to use challenges to help with their physical, psychological and social recovery and rehabilitation. / AFP PHOTO / POOL AND AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry's fiancee US actress Meghan Markle (L) presents the Celebrating Excellence Award to Daniel Claricoates (R), who completed multiple tours in Afghanistan, during the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Goldsmiths' Hall in London on February 1, 2018. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended the second annual Endeavour Fund Awards ceremony in London. The Endeavour Fund Awards celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick veterans who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges as part of their recovery and rehabilitation. Daniel's multiple tours in Afghanistan, during which his actions were recognised and he was awarded the Military Cross, led to very complex PTSD. Daniel has climbed to the summits of both the highest mountains in Africa and Antarctica with '65 Degrees North'. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ben STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry's fiancee US actress Meghan Markle (R) presents the Celebrating Excellence Award to Daniel Claricoates, who completed multiple tours in Afghanistan, during the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Goldsmiths' Hall in London on February 1, 2018. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended the second annual Endeavour Fund Awards ceremony in London. The Endeavour Fund Awards celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick veterans who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges as part of their recovery and rehabilitation. Daniel's multiple tours in Afghanistan, during which his actions were recognised and he was awarded the Military Cross, led to very complex PTSD. Daniel has climbed to the summits of both the highest mountains in Africa and Antarctica with '65 Degrees North'. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ben STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle arrives to a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle sign autographs and shake hands with children as they arrive to a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit to Cardiff Castle. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle are seen during a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Karwai Tang/WireImage)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle meet well wishers as they arrive to a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle are seen during a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Reprezent 107.3FM on January 9, 2018 in London, England. The Reprezent training programme was established in Peckham in 2008, in response to the alarming rise in knife crime, to help young people develop and socialise through radio. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Prince Harry (R) and his fiancee Meghan Markle visit Reprezent 107.3FM on January 9, 2018 in London, England. The Reprezent training programme was established in Peckham in 2008, in response to the alarming rise in knife crime, to help young people develop and socialise through radio. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Prince Harry (R) and his fiancee Meghan Markle visit Reprezent 107.3FM on January 9, 2018 in London, England. The Reprezent training programme was established in Peckham in 2008, in response to the alarming rise in knife crime, to help young people develop and socialise through radio. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Prince Harry (R) and his fiancee Meghan Markle visit Reprezent 107.3FM on January 9, 2018 in London, England. The Reprezent training programme was established in Peckham in 2008, in response to the alarming rise in knife crime, to help young people develop and socialise through radio. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Prince Harry (R) and his fiancee Meghan Markle visit Reprezent 107.3FM on January 9, 2018 in London, England. The Reprezent training programme was established in Peckham in 2008, in response to the alarming rise in knife crime, to help young people develop and socialise through radio. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arriving for a visit to youth-orientated radio station, Reprezent FM, in Brixton, south London to learn about its work supporting young people. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leave the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle (L) and Britain's Prince Harry (R) stand together as they wait to see off Britain's Queen Elizabeth II after attending the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
(Left-right front) Lady Louise Windsor, the Duke of Edinburgh, (left-right centre) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - (L-R) US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle and Britain's Prince Harry arrive to attend the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: (L-R) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace on December 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go on a walk about at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go on a walk about at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 01: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor in May 2018. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle attend the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee, US actress Meghan Markle gesture during their visit to Nottingham Academy in Nottingham, central England, on December 1, 2017. Prince Harry and his American actress fiancee Meghan Markle were welcomed by hundreds of people on their first royal visit as a couple since announcing their engagement this week. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Andy Stenning (Photo credit should read ANDY STENNING/AFP/Getty Images)
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Prince Harry and his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle pose for a photograph with the cast and crew of a hip hop opera performed by young people involved in the Full Effect programme at the Nottingham Academy school on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor in May 2018. (Photo by Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Prince Harry and his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle visit the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor in May 2018. (Photo by Adrian Dennis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle greet wellwishers on a walkabout as they arrive for an engagement at Nottingham Contemporary in Nottingham, central England, on December 1, 2017 which is hosting a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited Nottingham in their first set of engagements together since announcing their engagement. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 27: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens, Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 27: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens, Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce the engagement of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce the engagement of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 30: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are seen at the Closing Ceremony on day 8 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at the Air Canada Centre on September 30, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 30: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are seen on day 8 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 on September 30, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the Wheelchair Tennis on day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the Wheelchair Tennis on day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend wheelchair tennis on day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend wheelchair tennis on day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Prince Harry (R) and Meghan Markle (L) attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation )
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the Wheelchair Tennis on day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Prince Harry (R) and Meghan Markle (L) attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation)
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Sounds better than plain old vanilla, right? But that’s not the only reason they serve fruitcake. When Queen Victoria started the tradition in 1840, a fruitcake’s ingredients were symbols of wealth and prosperity, and they also “represented the vastness of the British empire, using ingredients from far-flung corners of the globe,” Dodd said.

While the original reasons have long been forgotten, many English weddings still follow this tradition. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, though; in 2015, one in five Brits had cupcakes on their wedding day, according to The Telegraph. Regardless, “the royals have always stuck to the tried-and-true fruitcake,” Vogue reports.

That does not mean they don’t take some liberties, of course. Along with an eight-tiered fruitcake, Kate and William served a “groom’s cake” made of chocolate biscuit. And word on the street is that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have a banana cake on their big day. Still, we’re willing to bet that fruitcake will make an appearance, too. It’s tradition, after all!

For more rules the lovebirds will have to follow in May, don’t miss the wedding etiquette rules everyone in the royal family must follow.

[Source: Vogue]

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