Prince Charles cuts cake with sword

Published Friday, 27 April 2012
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Prince Charles put the icing on his visit to Northern Ireland when he marked the 100th birthday of Irwin's Bakery by cutting the cake with a sword.

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were in Portadown on Friday for the occasion.

Charles, who was asked to slice a cake, surprised Lord Lieutenant The Earl of Caledon by asking if he could use his ceremonial blade for the task.

He then raised a further laugh by using the edge of the table to wipe the icing off.

Chairman of the bakery, Brian Irwin, said he spoke at length with the Royal visitors, who showed a particular interest in traditional Northern Ireland produce such as soda farls.

When asked about the cake-cutting ceremony, Mr Irwin replied: "It was a surprise.

"His Royal Highness eyed up the Lord Lieutenant's sword and asked 'Can I borrow that?' Now we know the royal way to cut a cake."

Irwin's Bakery, which is in its centenary year, has grown from its days of horse and cart delivery to exporting across the UK and Ireland, with a staff of around 450 people.

Also in Co Armagh on Friday, the Royals attended events at Armagh Planetarium and Armagh Gaol, and the Big Jubilee Lunch at the Palace Demesne.

They were given a demonstration from local craftsmen in cut stonework, sash window repair and blacksmithing, before meeting the young winners of the Built Heritage Schools' Competition.

Prince Charles was presented with the gift of a 'boot scraper' designed and made by blacksmith Christopher Balmer.

Camilla arrived in a horse-drawn carriage for the Big Jubilee Lunch, alongside guests including Olympic torch-bearers as part of the countdown to the London Games.

It marked the end of the Royals' two-day trip to the region.

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3 Comments
Martin in Belfast wrote (719 days ago):
Yet again the royal family show just how down to earth they are , taking time from their busy schedule to visit their subjects here in NI , 3 cheers for the royal family and the utmost respect to the future ruler of this part of the UK.
Frosty in Here wrote (720 days ago):
"Now we know the royal way to cut cake?" What's is he on? Must think Camilla is Marie Antoinette.
me in antrim wrote (720 days ago):
what a load of cobblers
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