Did the US First Lady violate British protocol recently?
#104339. Asked by star_gazer. (Apr 02 09 2:12 PM)
Further, (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama did not breach protocol by touching Queen Elizabeth II at a reception for world leaders attending the G-20 summit, Buckingham Palace told CNN Thursday.|
"It was a mutual and spontaneous display of affection and appreciation between the Queen and Michelle Obama," the Royal Press Office said in a statement Thursday. "The London Summit reception at Buckingham Palace was an informal occasion," the statement also said.
No breach of protocol occurred, according to the Royal Press Office, because Buckingham Palace does not issue instructions about how to address the Queen.
"She strode across the plush Buckingham Palace carpet to shake the queen’s hand with the kind of courteous informality that characterizes Americans. Unlike the British royals, they don’t do "stuffy." And they don’t curtsey much either."
"The queen – accustomed to pomp and protocol at every step– seemed surprisingly at ease too. She took hold of Mrs. Obama’s hand firmly – not her usual end-of-fingertips, don’t-come-too-close handshake."
"So I hid behind the sofa when I saw Mrs. Obama slide her arm around the queen yesterday."
"But then the biggest surprise of all."
"The queen returned the gesture, and placed her own arm gently on the first lady’s back."
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