Queen Elizabeth celebrates her official birthday on the sidelines of the G7 summit, insists on cutting cake with ceremonial sword
Queen Elizabeth turned 96 on April 21, but the official celebrations are generally held on the second Saturday of June. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Queen's birthday parade wasn't held. Instead, she attended an afternoon reception, hosted by volunteers at the Eden Project, with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in attendance. Reportedly, the gathering was to plan the queen's Platinum Jubilee that is her seven-decade reign. The event happened on the sidelines of the G7 summit.
During the event, Queen Elizabeth was presented with a cake to celebrate her official birthday. Though there was a knife available, the British monarch used a ceremonial sword to cut the cake. When she was told that a knife has been kept on the table, the Queen said, "I know there is!" She added, "This is something that is more unusual." This left everyone in splits.
To end the Big Lunch celebrations today, The Queen was invited to cut a Big Lunch cake. pic.twitter.com/S2Ft0DbQr5
— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) June 11, 2021
The event marked Queen Elizabeth's first public appearance after the funeral of her husband Prince Philip, who was married to her for over 7 decades.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who welcomed a baby girl on June 6, named their daughter after Queen Elizabeth and late Princess Diana. Her name is Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.