Queen Elizabeth II showed the world she can cut a cake in style.
When the 95-year-old monarch attended a special reception for Platinum Jubilee volunteers on Friday alongside Kate Middleton and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, she decided to ditch a standard cake knife for a sword, according to People magazine.
A viral video of the moment was shared by Reuters on Saturday, which shows the queen using a “ceremonial sword” to slice into a large white and green cake that was surrounded by halved strawberries.
On top of the cake, the term “the big lunch” could be read from its fondant lettering.
After being advised to use two hands when she first lifted the sword, a nearby attendant tried to tell the queen that a knife was available.
“I know there is,” Queen Elizabeth quipped. “This is something that is more unusual.”
In between laughter and cheers from the audience, Camilla helped the queen push the sword down into the decorated cake.
According to TMZ, the sword Queen Elizabeth used was three feet in length.
Prior to the cake cutting, the royal trio gathered at Windsor Castle to view a military parade and celebrate the queen’s belated birthday, which was originally on April 21, the Associated Press reports.
Per royal protocol, the queen celebrates her “official birthday” typically on the second Saturday of June when there’s “greater likelihood of good weather for the Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour,” The Royal Family’s website states.
Outside of the festivities that took place at Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth stopped by the 47th annual G7 Summit in Cornwall for a photo op with world leaders.
In another viral clip shared to Twitter by the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg, the queen can be heard asking G7 Summit attendees if they’re having a good time.
“Are you supposed to be looking as if you are enjoying yourselves?” She asked the group onstage, which was met with laughs.
The queen’s busy and highly documented Friday took place one day after what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday on June 10, 2021.
Queen Elizabeth had been married to the late prince for 73 years before his passing on April 9.
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