The Duchess of Sussex may have celebrated her 38th birthday on August 4th, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been thinking of others.
Hot on the heels of guest-editing British Vogue’s ‘Forces for Change’ September issue, the Duchess had a cake made for her by Luminary Bakery, a London-based social enterprise highlighted in the magazine. The bakery aims at empowering women through teaching baking skills, building community, and mentoring.
And to celebrate her new year, they baked the Duchess a very special sweet treat, a gorgeous, layered carrot cake, emblazoned with the icing ‘Happy Birthday Meghan’ and topped with sugared orange wedges, pumpkin seeds, and sprigs of rosemary. Royal watcher Omid Scobie shared the cake on Twitter, and we can safely say it looked absolutely delectable:
Thanks so much to Alice Williams and the awesome team at @LuminaryBakery in London for letting us join them last weekend as they created Duchess Meghan’s beautiful carrot birthday cake🎂 @GMA story on the bakery and their incredible work here: https://t.co/1l9Uhww1rr pic.twitter.com/TVvtZhybEx
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) August 9, 2019
The iconic September issue featured various individuals and organizations selected by Meghan as forces for change in their communities, and it’s said she personally requested highlighting Luminary’s work. Based in north London, the bakery trains women from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds, such as those who’ve been domestic abuse victims, homeless, or in the prison system, helping them to bake, build networks, and find employment. An initial six-month training program is followed up with two-years of mentoring, gently guiding women into a sense of independence and creativity. And all with a view to help the women ultimately fulfill their potential, get back on their feet, and thrive within the community.
Opened by Alice Williams in 2014, they’ve so far trained 60 people, with 10 already having gone on to start their very own businesses. Williams said such exposure helps a small enterprise immensely, “To have someone like the Duchess acknowledge us and champion us is incredible… I think it will open a lot of doors for us.” And it looks like they’re already reaping the benefits, with news of a second location and new cookbook on the way.
They even went on to share the sweet note Meghan penned (in her beautiful cursive hand, no less), thanking them for contributing to the issue, saying their inclusion was “non-negotiable”:
“…The work you do, what you represent to the community, the spirit of the women there- you all embody what it means to be “forces for change”. Thank you for being a part of this special project.” — HRH The Duchess of Sussex @BritishVogue #duchessofsussex #meganmarkle pic.twitter.com/XApGthXcom
— Luminary Bakery (@LuminaryBakery) August 2, 2019
She added, “the work you do, what you represent to the community, the spirit of the women there – you all embody what it means to be ‘forces for change’.” Our hearts are melting faster than that buttercream.
But if you pictured the Sussexes celebrating by kicking back at home with slices of carrot cake and cups of freshly-brewed tea, you might be off the scent. While it was initially thought she enjoyed a quiet birthday at home, the Daily Mail broke news of a secret six-day getaway to Ibiza – baby Archie and all – by private jet. All of which has certainly irked those watching the royals’ green credentials, especially after Prince Harry’s appearance at Google’s recent climate change conference… Let’s hope they won’t be making a habit of it.