First picture: Kensington Palace releases image of Royal wedding cake preparations

The first pictures of the wedding cake for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day tomorrow have been released.

Kensington Palace tweeted the photo and video tonight, declaring, "The baking of the #RoyalWedding cake is under way!"

It also listed the extraordinary amount of ingredients for the cake - 200 Amalfi lemons, 500 organic eggs from Suffolk, 20kgs of butter, 20kgs of flour,  20kgs of sugar and 10 bottles of Sandringham Elderflower Cordial.

In the video, baker Claire Ptak, flanked by a male baker, worked on the cake as she enthused: "We've been so lucky to work at Buckingham Palace to bake the cake and to ice the cakes." 

Ms Ptak explained the cake is made up of lemon sponge with an elderflower syrup drizzle on it.

"And it has an amalfil lemon curd and then it has a swiss meringue buttercream with elderflower.

"We will assemble it in-situ at Windsor Castle on Saturday morning."

The baking of the Royal wedding cake at Buckingham Palace. Source: Twitter: Kensington Palace/ Press Association


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Watch: US President Donald Trump takes on Laurel v Yanny challenge, his answer is not what you'd expect

US President Donald Trump and the White House are the latest to weigh in on the Laurel versus Yanny debate.

In a video posted to Twitter, the White House staff revealed whether they were hearing 'Laurel' or 'Yanny'.

The clip has already received 1.67 million views.

Earlier this week, a short audio clip went viral and divided the internet into two camps - those who heard 'Yanny' and those who heard 'Laurel'.

In the video, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is asked for her response to reports saying she hears 'Laurel'.

"Clearly you're getting your information from CNN 'cause that's fake news. All I hear is 'Yanny'," Ms Huckabee Sanders joked.

At the end of the video, President Donald Trump says, "I hear Covfefe".


A video featuring US President Donald Trump and White House staff received millions of views when it was posted to Twitter today.

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Take a look back: The best royal dresses of the past eight decades – from Elizabeth to Diana and finally Kate

Look back through the years at the changing styles and eras of wedding dresses as the British royals walked up the isle.

Seamstresses set to replicate Meghan Markle's dress

Two Sydney seamstresses will pull an all-nighter tomorrow night to recreate Meghan Markle's royal wedding dress, starting from the second the former Suits actress steps out of her car to marry Prince Harry.

Elizabeth Alexandrou and Tessa Rankin have dozens of fabrics and patterns at the ready to replicate the much-anticipated gown but are unable to get a head start given the conflicting speculation about its design.

"I'm trying not to think about it until the dress walks out the door. There are so many variables," Ms Alexandrou, who is producing the one-off creation for haberdashery chain Spotlight, told AAP.

The American actress wore a simple, strapless white dress with a beaded waistband for her first wedding, to film producer Trevor Engelson, in 2011.

"Her recent looks are all fairly tailored, smart and stylish, so this could be her time to let loose and be a princess," Ms Alexandrou said.

"I would say she'll have a big skirt but it's difficult because it's her second marriage too."

The seamstress is predicting the 36-year-old's dress to have a fitted bodice, sleeves, beadwork and a dash of colour but has ruled out a high neckline and a massive train.

She said while a handmade lace or heavily hand-beaded dress will be impossible to recreate overnight, the overall silhouette is still "achievable" for the everyday bride, without the exorbitant price tag.

"As a bride, they (customers) want to be unique and special on their wedding day; they don't want to be in the exact same dress as somebody else."

Royal fashion is hot property in the retail market with outfits worn by the Duchess of Cambridge frequently selling out.

Belfast-based designer MaryRose McGrath whipped up a ready-to-wear copy of the white lace Alexander McQueen wedding gown worn by Catherine Middleton less than 24 hours after she walked down the aisle of Westminster Abbey to marry Prince William in 2011.

Look back through the years at the changing styles and eras of wedding dresses as the British royals walked up the isle. Source: 1 NEWS


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