Queen swats away advice from her aide as she slices cake with a SWORD

‘There’s a knife if you need it’: Queen swats away advice from her aide as she slices cake with a SWORD – saying she prefers the more ‘unusual’ blade as Kate and Camilla giggle at rare joint engagement with three most senior royal women

  • Queen carried out a rare joint engagement with Camilla and Kate at Eden Project
  • They attended the event in celebration of The Big Lunch, an annual get together
  • The Queen was presented with a large cake and was handed a sword to cut it
  • When told there was a knife, Queen replied: ‘I know there is, this is more unusual’

The Queen insisted on using a ceremonial sword to cut a cake during a royal engagement – making the Kate and Camilla burst out laughing.

The 95-year-old Monarch carried out a rare joint engagement with the Duchesses of Cambridge and Cornwall at the Eden Project in Cornwall today.

The three most-senior royal women attended the event in celebration of The Big Lunch, which will form part of the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations in 2022.

The Queen was presented with a large cake and was handed a sword by Edward Bolitho, the Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall, to cut it. 

When told by an aide that there was a conventional knife available, the Queen replied: ‘I know there is, this is more unusual’.

The Duchess of Cornwall commented: ‘That’s slicing through’ before assisting with the final part of cutting the cake – which was loudly applauded by those at the event.

After handing the ceremonial sword back, the Queen used a knife to cut a second slice of cake and remarked: ‘That looks very good.’

The Queen insisted on using a ceremonial sword to cut a cake during a royal engagement – making the Kate and Camilla burst out laughing (pictured) 

The 95-year-old Monarch carried out a rare joint engagement with the Duchesses of Cambridge and Cornwall at the Eden Project in Cornwall today

The three most-senior royal women attended the event in celebration of The Big Lunch, which will form part of the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations in 2022

The Queen was presented with a large cake and was handed a sword by Edward Bolitho, the Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall, to cut it

Earlier, the Queen hosted an open-air reception for G7 leaders at the Eden Project – and was joined by the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Britain was seeking to dazzle the world’s most powerful with a royal charm offensive at a no-holds-barred reception.

The Queen proved a hit, sending G7 leaders into fits of laughter when she quipped ‘are you supposed be looking as if you’re enjoying yourself’ while posing for a photograph.

Leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Joe Biden, were pictured chatting to the royals.

After the reception, the Queen, Camilla and Kate attended an event celebrating The Big Lunch. 

The Queen attended an event at the Eden Project in celebration of The Big Lunch, which will form part of her platinum jubilee celebrations in 2022

The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Queen meet people from communities across Cornwall at the event

Big Lunch pulls together communities at events involving food and drink. Pictured: A scale model of Big Lunch events that have been held over the years

The three most-senior royal women attended the event in celebration of The Big Lunch, which will form part of the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations in 2022

After the reception, the Queen, Camilla and Kate attended an event celebrating The Big Lunch

The Big Lunch is an annual get-together for neighbours and communities, with people encouraged to share friendship, food and to get to know each other better

It has been running since 2009 and is an idea from the Eden Project, supported by the National Lottery

The Big Lunch is an annual get-together for neighbours and communities, with people encouraged to share friendship, food and to get to know each other better. 

It has been running since 2009 and is an idea from the Eden Project, supported by the National Lottery. 

Peter Stewart – executive director of the Eden Project – introduced around 20 guests to the three royals.

‘It is like comets – they don’t come around very often,’ Mr Stewart said when talking about the royals’ visit.

‘I was trying to remember the last time that the three were on an official engagement together like this. I can only think of one at Fortnum and Mason but this was something else.

‘The important thing for me was there was every reason not to do it.

The Queen, Camilla and Kate are seen arriving to attend an event in celebration of The Big Lunch initiative at The Eden Project

The Queen beamed at the event today. The Big Lunch will form part of her platinum jubilee celebrations in 2022

The Queen, Camilla and Kate look at a scale model of Big Lunch events that have been held over the years during an engagement in celebration of The Big Lunch initiative at The Eden Project

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she meets people from communities across Cornwall at the Big Lunch event today

The Queen is seen meeting people from across Cornwall at the event this afternoon

‘The fact that they judged that with the eyes of the G7 that there was an opportunity – with the risk of missing trains and everything else – to be able to listen to some of the heartfelt stories of people here.

‘It was absolutely priceless.’

The Queen spoke to people at The Big Lunch event, held outdoors at a separate area of the Eden Project, about seeing the world leaders face-to-face following a year of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Stewart described how the monarch discussed ‘communicating over Zoom and so-forth’ due to coronavirus. 

The Queen spoke to people at The Big Lunch event, held outdoors at a separate area of the Eden Project, about seeing the world leaders face-to-face following a year of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic

‘She was talking about the fact she usually meets world leaders and she hasn’t met them for two years and she brought that back to the importance of everyday life and getting to know our neighbours,’ he added.

The Duchess of Cornwall is patron of event and celebrated its 10-year anniversary during a lunch at the Eden Project in 2019.

Over the past two years, it has run online due to Covid-19 but next year it will form an official part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Earlier today, the Queen sent G7 leaders into fits of giggles when she quipped ‘are you supposed be looking as if you’re enjoying it’ while posing for a photograph 

Britain is seeking to dazzle the world’s most powerful with a royal charm offensive at a no-holds-barred reception at the Eden Project in Cornwall tonight. Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge alongside Prince Charles and Camilla speaking to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 

The Queen is seen speaking to the Prime Minister and his new wife at the Eden Project in Cornwall today

The Queen was seen speaking to Joe and Jill Biden at the reception today. Prince Charles was in conversation with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The Queen smiled as she spoke to the President and the First Lady at the reception on Friday

Mr Stewart paid tribute to the guests who attended Friday’s engagement. Those chosen had been nominated for their services, particularly during the pandemic.

‘There was a moment where Her Majesty was talking to a lady called Irene Rowe, who was a care worker for 20 years and caught Covid and recovered and has returned to work,’ he said.

‘She came home and gave Covid to her husband, who sadly died. She asked Her Majesty how she was and gave sympathy to her for losing her own husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.’

Mrs Rowe, 65, from Helston, spoke to both the Queen and Kate about the death of husband Malcolm, 62, in February this year.

The Queen beamed as she spoke to world leaders at the reception in Cornwall. Boris Johnson stood nearby

It appears the President and his wife hit it off with the Monarch, who smiled throughout their conversation

After telling the Queen about her loss, she was asked how she was coping.

‘I said you have been the same – you’ve just carried on like I have,’ Mrs Rowe, a grandmother-of-eight, said.

‘I said you have to carry on. I have good work, friends and family. People have been very kind.

‘Kate touched my arm when I told her about my husband and said “oh no”.

‘She was really caring and very nice, they both were.

‘She asked if we got to see him in the hospital and I said we couldn’t, we weren’t allowed to.’

At the conclusion of the event, the Queen, Camilla and Kate left in separate vehicles.

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