The three senior royal women attended a special reception on Friday evening where volunteers organizing the Queen's upcoming Platinum Jubliee, which marks her 70 years on the throne next year, were present.
As Queen Elizabeth ventured out with Kate Middleton and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, her Majesty amused everyone with her rather playful side. The three senior royal women attended a special reception on Friday evening which celebrated her 95th birthday, even though her birthday on April 21. Volunteers organizing the Queen's upcoming Platinum Jubliee, which marks her 70 years on the throne next year, were also present. In the due course of the event, the 95-year-old royal leader was invited to cut a celebratory cake. Instead of going with a traditional knife to do so, the Queen chose to flaunt her royal panache by wielding a large ceremonial sword.
Queen Elizabeth Insists on Cutting Cake with Sword, Testy with Aide https://t.co/r7WrabkqXO— TMZ (@TMZ) June 12, 2021
Just as she was about to cut into the cake, the monarch playfully waved a suggestion that she would use something different to get the job done. When she was reminded that a knife was readily available for the purpose, she responded by saying, "I know there is. This is something that is more unusual." According to PEOPLE, Camilla and Kate, along with the rest of the attendees of the event were left laughing and smiling hearing the Queen's response. "I don’t think this is going to work," said the Duchess of Cornwall before suggesting that her Majesty should try using two hands to slice the cake.
Queen Elizabeth II insisted on cutting a cake using a ceremonial sword at an event on the sidelines of the G7 summit.— ABC News (@ABC) June 12, 2021
When told there was a knife available instead, the monarch replied, “I know there is! This is something that is more unusual.” https://t.co/Bu2P1lVq7H pic.twitter.com/LCd8sHdGnz
After struggling for a few seconds, she finally managed to slice down the center of the cake after receiving help from Camilla, according to TODAY. "That looks very good," she noted after cutting the cake with the sword. The scene was quite unusual as the Queen traditionally uses a ceremonial sword to award knighthood. The sword is usually touched on each shoulder of a recipient who is worthy of honor. Thus, it was indeed fun to see her wield a sword to cut a cake. Her humorous side was on full display during the G7 summit, which was attended by some world leaders.
"Are you supposed to look as if you're enjoying yourself?" the Queen asked jokingly as the group posed for a picture together. In no time, the leaders began laughing, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson responded, "Yes. We have been enjoying ourselves in spite of appearances." The world leaders attending the summit included President Joe Biden, who made his first foreign visit since he took office, reports BBC. Dr. Jill Biden accompanied her husband to Cornwall and spent some time with the Duchess of Cambridge as they visited an elementary school together in Hayle, Cornwall.
There are few issues more worthy of our attention than the transformative power of early childhood care and education for our communities and nations.— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) June 12, 2021
The @FLOTUS and I both look forward to championing this work in the years to come: https://t.co/qXeVuHup37
The two women entered classrooms where students were feeding their rabbits. They spoke to teachers and also met with educators and experts in the field of childhood development for a roundtable discussion. When the duo first walked into the classrooms, the children were unusually quiet, maybe because they were too excited. "They've scared to death," said the FLOTUS as Kate admitted that it was "the quietest class I've ever been to." President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden are expected to be hosted for tea at Windsor Castle before their UK trip comes to an end.
Queen Elizabeth II speaks to US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill as she attends a reception at the Eden Project with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and G7 leaders, during the G7 summit in Cornwall.— PA Images (@PAImages) June 11, 2021
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