The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge saved the two top tiers of their eight-tiered wedding cake, as is traditional for a first-born christening .

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were thinking about their future children as early as their wedding day, it seems. The couple decided to save the top tiers of their eight-tiered wedding cake, a decision which speaks volumes to royal watchers.

Such a tradition is usually undertaken by couples who plan to serve the cake at the christening of their first born. The pair put the top two tiers of the cake away and enjoyed the third as they celebrated their marriage with friends and family.

The confectionery masterpiece was covered in cream and white icing and decorated with up to 900 delicate sugar-paste flowers.
Cake-maker Fiona Cairns worked for five weeks on it with a special team. The new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge love Ms Cairns' fruit cakes, while Paul McCartney orders one for Christmas every year. She has also baked creations for bands Pink Floyd and Simply Red.

The bride wanted elements from the Joseph Lambeth technique of cake decoration, where intricate piping is used to make three dimensional scroll work, leaves, flowers and other adornments.
Kate also gave Ms Cairns detailed instructions for her to include 17 different blooms and leaf patterns. The cake-maker lives in Leicestershire and started her business at her kitchen table. She now employs more than 50 people.