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The Queen insisted on using a large ceremonial sword to cut a cake, prompting giggles from Kate Middleton

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Elizabeth II et al. that are on a cutting board with a cake: Queen Elizabeth II attempts to cut a cake with a sword, lent to her by The Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall, Edward Bolitho, to celebrate of The Big Lunch initiative at The Eden Project, near St Austell in south west England on June 11, 2021. OLI SCARFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images © OLI SCARFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Queen Elizabeth II attempts to cut a cake with a sword, lent to her by The Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall, Edward Bolitho, to celebrate of The Big Lunch initiative at The Eden Project, near St Austell in south west England on June 11, 2021. OLI SCARFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
  • The Queen used a ceremonial sword to cut a cake during a royal engagement in Cornwall.
  • She joked that using the sword was "more unusual" than using a regular knife.
  • Kate Middleton responded to the quip by giggling.
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The Queen insisted on using a borrowed ceremonial sword to cut a cake during a royal engagement on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Cornwall, prompting giggles from Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.

She was handed the sword by the Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall during her visit to the Eden Project's "The Big Lunch" initiative on Friday, the Evening Standard reported.

When told by an aide that she could use a standard knife to slice the cake, Queen Elizabeth II joked: "I know there is. This is more unusual."


Video: Queen uses ceremonial sword to cut cake (Evening Standard)

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The crowd burst into laughter, including Middleton.

The Queen then proceeded to cut the rest of the cake with a regular knife.

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This is not the first time this weekend that the monarch has amused a crowd.

During a photocall with G7 leaders, the Queen said: "Are you supposed to be looking as if you're enjoying yourselves?"

The crowd chuckled, prompting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to respond: "We have been enjoying ourselves in spite of appearances."

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