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Michelle Obama: I broke a royal protocol but the Queen still kept her calm.

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In her new memoir, “Becoming”, the former first lady details about the two times she broke royal protocol while meeting with Her Majesty. 


Her memoir also details about and how the Queen never seemed to care about those protocols.

Also read: How The Queen Broke Royal Protocol And Wasn’t Accepting It?


In her new memoir, Michelle Obama writes about breaking royal protocol to touch the Queen of England. Michelle certainly had a special relationship with Her Majesty during her husband’s eight years in office.

The first faux pas happened during their first meeting in April 2009.

At a reception for G20 leaders at Buckingham Palace, London, Michelle says she and the Queen bonded over their shared pain standing in heels for hours.

The former First Lady recalls: “Forget that she sometimes wore a diamond crown and that I’d flown to London on a presidential jet. We were two tired ladies oppressed by our shoes”.

“I then did what’s instinctive to me anytime I feel connected to a new person. It was to express my feelings outwardly. I laid a hand affectionately across her shoulder”.



That moment was caught on camera.

She wouldn’t realise until later that she had committed what would be deemed as an epic faux pas. As because one wasn’t supposed to touch Queen Elizabeth.

Pictures of the moment were published in papers around the world. To which Mrs Obama says: “It revived some campaign-era speculation that I was generally uncouth and lacking the standard elegance of a First Lady”.

Also read: Michelle Obama Explains Her Relationship With Queen Elizabeth And Other Royals.


She was initially concerned that she had distracted from Barack’s efforts abroad.

Looking back, Michelle is hardly sorry for cosying up to the 92 year-old reigning monarch. She wrote: “But I tried not to let the criticism rattle me. If I hadn’t done the proper thing at the Palace, I had at least done the human thing”.

“I daresay Her Majesty was okay with it, too. Because when I touched her, she only pulled closer, resting a gloved hand lightly on the small of my back”. 

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