Nine years ago, then-First Lady Michelle Obama met Her Majesty and accidentally committed a royal faux pas. She put her arm around the monarch.
Touching, let alone embracing, the Queen is widely considered a big NO.
However, the former FLOTUS couldn’t help showing some love to the sovereign. In her new book: ‘Becoming’, she opens up about her blunder-turned-bonding moment with Queen Elizabeth.
It turns out the duo was having a relatable conversation. But about what?
The conversation was about their uncomfortable shoes during their rendezvous ahead of the 2009 G-20 summit. Her Majesty told Michelle at the time:-
“You’re so tall”. To which the former first lady replied: “My Jimmy Choo heels give me some extra inches”. Then, the Queen “gestured with some frustration at her own black pumps and said: “These shoes are unpleasant, are they not?”
Obama continues in the memoir:-
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“I confessed then to Her Majesty that my feet were hurting. She confessed that hers hurt, too. We looked at each other then with identical expressions, like, when is all this standing around with world leaders going to finally wrap up”?
“And with this, she busted out with a fully charming laugh”.
The former FLOTUS goes on to joke in her memoir.
She continued her memoir by joking that she and Queen Elizabeth were “just two tired ladies oppressed by our shoes”. As for the hug, Obama explains:-
“I then did what’s instinctive to me any time I feel connected to a new person. It was to express my feelings outwardly. I laid a hand affectionately across her shoulder”.
In the moment, Michelle didn’t really realise she was breaking royal protocol.
“If I hadn’t done the proper thing at Buckingham Palace, I had at least done the human thing”. This Michelle writes in her new book.
Despite the slip-up, the Former First Lady hopes the Queen “was okay” with the unexpected embrace. “I hope she was okay with it. Because when I touched her, she only pulled closer, resting a gloved hand lightly on the small of my back”.