The G7 summit in Cornwall proved to be a light-hearted gathering for the royal family.
And the icing on the cake came with a special lunch engagement.
The Queen insisted on borrowing a ceremonial sword to cut a cake during the engagement – which made her granddaughter-in-law, Kate Middleton, laugh.
The monarch had received the sword from Edward Bolitho, Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, for the task of cutting a large cake that marked the great luncheon at the Eden Project. When an adjutant informed her that there was a conventional knife, the queen replied: “I know it is so, it is more unusual”.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who also witnessed the hilarious scene, commented, “This is the cutting through” before helping with the final part of the cake cutting, which was loudly applauded by those present.
After returning the ceremonial sword, the queen cut off a second piece of cake with a knife and remarked, “This looks very good”.
Peter Stewart, Managing Director of the Eden Project, introduced the three royals to around 20 invited guests, Der Spiegel reports.
It’s like comets – they don’t get around very often, “said Mr. Stewart.
“I tried to remember the last time the three of them had such an official engagement. I can only think of one at Fortnum and Mason, but that was different.
The most important thing to me was that there was every reason not to do it.
“The fact that they judged through the eyes of the G7 that there is a chance – with the risk of missing trains and everything else – of hearing some of the warmest stories from the people here.
“It was absolutely priceless.”
Previously, the Queen hosted a reception at the Eden Project which was attended by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Heads of State and Government such as Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the US President Joe BidenThey were photographed chatting with the royals.
The Queen spoke to people about seeing the world leaders face to face after a year of Covid-19 restrictions at the Big Lunch event, held outdoors in a separate area of the Eden Project.
Mr. Stewart described how the monarch made the “communication via zoom and so on” due to Coronavirus.
“She talked about how she usually meets world leaders, and she hasn’t met them in two years, and she has brought back the importance of everyday life and getting to know our neighbors,” he added.
The Big Lunch is an annual get-together for neighbors and communities where people are encouraged to share friendships, eat, and get to know each other better.
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The event is sponsored by the Duchess of Cornwall.
It has been done online for the past two years due to Covid-19, but it will be an official part of the Queen’s platinum anniversary celebrations next year.
Lunch provided the Queen with much-needed light relief for her family after a terrible few months.
Her 73-year-old husband Prince Philip died in April, and she too had to cope with numerous US interviews in which his upbringing was criticized as a result of the consequences of grandson Prince Harry.
Other guests who attended Friday’s engagement included key workers nominated for their services, particularly during Covid.
Mr Stewart said, “There was a moment when Her Majesty spoke to a lady named Irene Rowe who was a caregiver for 20 years and caught Covid, recovered and returned to work.
“She came home and gave Covid to her husband who sadly died. She asked Her Majesty how she was doing and expressed her condolences that she had lost her own husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.”
Ms. Rowe, 65, of Helston spoke to both the Queen and Kate about the death of her husband Malcolm, 62, in February of that year.
After telling the queen about her loss, she was asked how she dealt with it.
“I said you stayed the same – you just carried on like me,” said Mrs. Rowe, a grandmother of eight.
“I said you have to carry on. I have good work, friends and family. The people were very nice.
“Kate touched my arm when I told her about my husband and said ‘Oh no’.
“She was really caring and very kind, it was both of them.
“She asked if we could see him in the hospital and I said we couldn’t.