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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Jubilee cake to be presented to Queen

18th May 2012

An impressive cake has been baked by service personnel in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Decorated with a crown made of sugar, the multi-tiered cake weighs around 70kg and has been designed to reflect the Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilees, the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force.

Caterers at the Defence Food Services School at Worthy Down in Winchester have spent a total of 500 hours making and decorating the cake, which will be presented to the Queen at the weekend.

The special ceremony will take place at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee parade and muster at Windsor Castle, where around 2,500 military servicemen and servicewomen will take part in the show at Home Park. Another highlight of the event will be one of the biggest tri-service flypasts that has ever taken place during the Queen's past 60 years on the throne.

One of the bakers behind the cake, Alan Jones, told GetHampshire that the making of the cake had been surrounded in secrecy and that a lot of hard work had gone into the one metre-high treat.

"A lot of the work was done in the guys' own time because we were having to make the cake as well as do our day job," said Mr Jones.

"But no-one minded because everyone who is involved feels honoured to be given the chance to do this. Not many people can say they have made a cake for the Queen. Even coming up with a design which is suitable for the Queen is not something you do every day."

Many people are taking advantage of the additional bank holiday that is being added to the British calendar in honour of the Queen's 60-year reign to enjoy London getaways and soak up the Jubilee atmosphere in the capital.

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