On Friday, the Queen attended a reception with volunteers who are working to organise the Platinum Jubilee, which is a celebration to mark her 70th year on the throne.

The event will take place next year, but the Queen attended the reception with daughter-in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and granddaughter-in-law, Kate Middleton.

The volunteers surprised the Queen with a massive celebratory cake, which she decided to cut with a ceremonial sword.

When someone at the event pointed out there was a smaller knife available, the Queen wasn’t having any of it.
“I know there is,” she said politely. “This is something that is more unusual.”

She needed help cutting a slice from Camilla, but commented that it “looks very good”.

After cutting the first few slices, the Queen decided to use the knife that was available, but many were impressed by the decision to use a ceremonial sword.

This article originally appeared on Over60.