During an Eden Project engagement, the Queen cuts cake with a ceremonial sword.


During an Eden Project engagement, the Queen cuts cake with a ceremonial sword.

During a royal engagement, the Queen insisted on borrowing a ceremonial sword to cut a cake, which made the Duchesses of Cornwall and Cambridge laugh.

Edward Bolitho, Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall, had presented the queen with the sword for the purpose of cutting a big cake commemorating the Big Lunch at the Eden Project.

When reminded that a standard knife was available, the Queen answered, “I know there is, but this is more rare.”

The Duchess of Cornwall said, “That’s slicing through,” before aiding with the final section of the cake cutting, which was greeted with applause.

After returning the ceremonial sword, the Queen cut a second slice of cake with a knife and commented, “That looks really good.”

The Eden Project’s executive director, Peter Stewart, welcomed the three royals to the approximately 20 people who had been invited to the event.

Mr Stewart compared it to comets, saying that they don’t come around very often.

“I was trying to recall the last time the three of them were on a formal engagement like this. I can only recall one at Fortnum and Mason, but this was different.

“What was most essential to me was that there was every reason not to do it.

“The fact that they assessed that there was a chance – with the danger of missing trains and everything else – to listen to some of the heartfelt experiences of people here through the eyes of the G7.

“It was incredibly invaluable.”

The Queen was joined by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at an open-air event at the Eden Project earlier in the day.

Leaders including as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and US Vice President Joe Biden were seen mingling with the royals.

The Queen spoke to participants at the Eden Project’s Big Lunch event, which was hosted outside in a different area, on seeing world leaders face to face after a. (This is a brief piece.)


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