While if you so much as contemplate carrying just about any knife on the street in England you will run afoul of Her Majesty’s constabulary, it is apparently quite the entertaining lark for the Duchess of Cornwall to jokingly wave a (quite beautifully forged) knife at the Prince.
While I am not suggesting that Camilla was about to actually commit an act of regicide, I am sure that somewhere there is some hoplophobic pearl-clutcher angrily writing a letter, email, or online comment decrying such a poor behavior (actually the comments I found all wished she had used it).
The folks in attendance at an Australian winery found it quite a cracking good joke however. From Express.co.UK:
The Prince of Wales looked momentarily terrified when the Duchess of Cornwall jokingly brandished the eight-inch blade and told him “behave yourself”.
The encounter came as the royal couple admired a selection of hand-forged kitchen knives by cutler Barry Gardner, 61, based at the Seppeltsfield Winery near Tanunda.
Charles had a look of mock horror on his face as he stared at the Damascus steel blade, but his entourage and the vineyard’s senior staff erupted with laughter.”
In truth, it is behavior that would earn one of my children a reprimand. In fact, I confiscated my son’s wooden knife this very evening when he was waving it around irresponsibly in his sister’s face (true story). But it isn’t something I would ever get in a twist over in this case.
Regardless of one’s opinion of the incident, it looks like great Caption This material. Fire away. This one works too if you wish: