Queen’s marriage cake resurrected with scanning tech for 70th Anniversary

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Cutting-edge record has brought Queen Elizabeth II’s marriage cake behind to life in time for hers and Prince Philip’s 70th anniversary, interjection to investigate by WMG during a University of Warwick.

  • Pioneering record during WMG, University of Warwick brings Queen Elizabeth II’s marriage cake behind to life in time for 70th anniversary
  • Replica of 1947 cake by engineer Peek Frean easy to strange loftiness interjection to 3D scanning technology
  • WMG engineers authorised into Buckingham Palace to indicate essential artefact from Royal Collection
  • Historic reproduction roughly broken in 2015 by vandals – returned to former value this year

Professor Mark Williams during WMG, alongside a British Sugarcraft Guild (BSG), employed 3D scanning record to reconstruct a full-sized reproduction of a cake presented to a stately integrate on their marriage day in Nov 1947 – that was roughly totally broken by vandals in 2015.


WMG’s Mike Donnelly (front left) with members of a British Sugarcraft Guild – credit WMG, University of Warwick

The record was means to accurately indicate a cake to within 0.1mm and imitate a high-resolution 3D indication that was afterwards be used to digitally correct a cake.

Analysing a flourishing tools of a cake – an perplexing 6ft ensemble, consisting of 6 tiers – Professor Williams was means to learn accurately how it was formed, and to establish precisely how to revive a strange grandeur.

There were elaborate impressive panels on any tier of a cake, a moulds of that had been mislaid by a decades. However, WMG’s engineering record recreated these images from a marriage cake, and constructed new silicone moulds by 3D scanning.

The ancestral cake – that was creatively combined by Peek Frean in 1947 – weighed 6 hundred pounds, and during a tip stood a plain china figure of St George and a Dragon, that was given to a stately integrate as a souvenir.

This attire stays in a Royal Collection, though WMG researchers were authorised into Buckingham Palace progressing this year to laser indicate it so a reproduction could be made. This was proudly placed on a cake tip during a final open by WMG Project Engineer Mike Donnelly.

Queen Elizabeth wrote of a cake how she and Prince Philip “admired a beauty of a pattern and a value of a quality.”

The life-sized indication was displayed in a Peek Frean Co bureau until a closure in 1989. A permanent muster about a association after non-stop in a South-East London museum – of that a cake was a vital partial – nonetheless during a change of premises for a museum, a cake was left behind, as it was too ethereal and changed to transport.


Professor Mark Williams and Project Engineer Mike Donnelly from WMG scanning a cake – credit WMG, University of Warwick

During this time, a iconic cake was vandalised, and roughly totally broken – though will now be returned to a former glory, interjection to a innovative solutions offering by WMG.

Professor Mark Williams comments:

“It was illusory to request a record to such an sparkling plan and assistance revive such an iconic cake to a former glory, generally in a year of a Queen’s 70th marriage anniversary.

“Usually we are operative on engineering-related challenges, so to be means to take a imagination and send that to something totally opposite and so historically poignant was a unequivocally engaging opportunity.”

The tiers of a cake were distributed to a 7 BSG regions in Autumn 2016, together with a materials, templates and skeleton for any applicable tier.


WMG Project Engineer Mike Donnelly fixation a 3D printed figure on tip of a cake – credit WMG, University of Warwick”

BSG Members’ Workshops opposite a nation used these skeleton to reconstruct a ancestral cake.

Judith Lynn, BSG National Vice Chairman, comments:

“The British Sugarcraft Guild was celebrated to be invited to reconstruct a reproduction of a Queen’s marriage cake for a Peek Frean Museum. Our members have shown huge unrestrained for a plan and a munificence of all a sponsors has been amazing.

“The knowledge of operative with WMG during a University of Warwick in formulating a 3D models to capacitate a created elements of a cake to be reproduced has been really rewarding. It illustrates ideally how complicated record and normal crafts can work in peace to reconstruct such an critical ancestral square of sugarine art.”

The finished reproduction cake will be denounced during a Peek Frean Museum in Bermondsey during a finish of Nov in a participation of a sponsors and other invited guests. Following this a museum will once again be open to a public.

Source: University of Warwick

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