President Trump is coming to Britain fresh from a confrontational NATO summit. He’s likely to tone down when he sits with the Queen today.
He’s not expected to bow, but there is a rule about shaking Her Majesty’s hand.
The imposing setting at Windsor Castle and the fact that his hostess is one of the most admired women in the world are expected to temper Trump’s iconoclastic ways.
There are some rules of etiquette for encounters with Queen Elizabeth.
In a meeting like this, etiquette requires the American President to wait until the Queen offers her hand. Then to shake it politely and move on. The same will apply to the first lady.
Neither Trump nor his wife would be likely to bow or to curtsy when they meet Her Majesty, says Hugo Vickers, an author. He said:-
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“That wouldn’t be required from a head of state or the wife of a head of state. It would be wise not to attempt to kiss her, and I don’t expect for a moment that he will”.
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Trump said in a newspaper interview that he’s not nervous about meeting Queen Elizabeth.
“I really look forward to meeting the Queen. I think she represents her country very well”.
Vickers expects the royal visit to go smoothly despite the many controversies going on` President Trump’s visit to the U.K. He says Her Majesty will form an impression of the American president but will not share it.
There are some conventions for how to address the Queen. The Trumps will be expected to call her “Your Majesty” upon meeting her and afterwards call her “Ma’am”.
The public usually sees her in maximum composure mode.
Even if Mr. Trump and his wife calls her by her name, she won’t be upset or complain. But, it will be against the rules.
Queen Elizabeth is known to dislike revealing clothing. And so, it is expected that the first lady will wear a fashionable but conservative outfit. President Trump is likely to wear his traditional blue suit and a tie.