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Let them eat...replica Stone of Destiny cake

27 November 2006

Measuring 67cm by 42cm by 26.5cm and weighing 152kg, the Stone of Destiny is no small pebble; but the cake designers at Truly Scrumptious Designer Cakes Ltd have risen to the challenge and created an exact replica cake especially to mark the tenth anniversary of the Stone of Destiny’s return to Scotland on St Andrew’s Day.

The cake will be arriving at Edinburgh Castle on the morning of Tuesday 28 November. Guarded by four of The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland and welcomed by Edinburgh Castle stewards, cake designer Paul Bradford will present the cake to an Edinburgh Castle official, to the sound of Scottish bagpipes.

Incorporating 24 sponges, the cake will be on show on St Andrew’s Day in the Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh Castle will be free to all visitors on this Scottish national day and Historic Scotland hopes they will come in to see the real Stone of Destiny and, of course the replica cake!

Kate Turnbull, PR Executive at Historic Scotland said: "We were not sure if we would find a cake designer who would be ready to take on our stone-cake challenge but we are delighted how easy it has been to arrange.

Paul has been provided with multiple images of the Stone, covering all angles, so everything will be completely accurate. Unfortunately, we are not able to recreate the original journey of the Stone from Westminster as happened ten years ago, but the army and Castle staff have made sure the cake gets a truly special welcome."

As well as free admission for everyone to Edinburgh Castle, other celebrations on St Andrew’s Day will include a special launch of 710 blue and white balloons from Edinburgh Castle esplanade, as it was 710 years ago that the Stone was taken to England from Scotland by Edward I, only to be returned on St Andrew’s Day in 1996.

Historic Scotland staff and members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland will release the balloons just before Edinburgh Castle opens, to launch this special day. Everyone who visits on the day can also have their face-painted with the saltire flag.

Notes for editors
  • Edinburgh Castle will be open from 9.30am to 5.00pm on St Andrew’s Day, and admission will be free for all visitors. Please note, the balloon launch will be at 9.15am on St Andrew’s Day (30 Nov) on Edinburgh Castle esplanade, and the cake will be cut with a sword during the day.  Further details will follow.

  • After a 700 year absence, on 30 November 1996, the Stone of Destiny, an important symbol of Scotland returned to its rightful homeland, brought to Edinburgh Castle and accepted by Michael Forsyth, the then Secretary of State of Scotland, receiving it from the Queen’s representative, HRH Prince Andrew.  It now lies, along with the Scottish Crown Jewels for visitors to see in the Crown room at the Castle, only to be moved again to Westminster Abbey for future coronation ceremonies.

  • Saint Andrew is the Patron Saint of Scotland and St Andrew’s Day is recognised and celebrated by Scots around the world on 30 November.  The flag of Scotland in blue and white is the Cross of St Andrew (the Saltire).

  • The Stone of Destiny is one of the most important Scottish icons.  The Stone, which was formally returned to Scotland on 30 November 1996 is that taken from the abbey of Scone by King Edward I of England in 1296, and is the stone on which Scottish kings had been inaugurated for centuries (accounts exist of the inauguration of Alexander III in 1249 and John Balliol in 1292 and by that time, kings had been inaugurated at Scone for at least four centuries).

  • For over 400 years perhaps, Kings of Scots were inaugurated by sitting on the Stone of Scone.  For nearly 700 years, Kings of England and later Kings of Great Britain and Ireland were crowned on the Stone in Westminster Abbey.  Now the Stone rests again in Scotland, in the Crown Room at Edinburgh Castle, built by James VI of Scotland and I of England, the King who united the two countries in 1603.

  • The Stone of Destiny Cake is being created by Paul Bradford at Linlithgow-based Truly Scrumptious Designer Cakes Ltd. For more information, please contact 01506 671133 or visit www.designer-cakes.com

  • The Castle is just one of 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in the care of Historic Scotland. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae.

For further information


Kate Turnbull
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959
kate.turnbull@scotland.gsi.gov.uk