Trump finally met with Queen Elizabeth and committed several protocol gaffes. This left many feeling that his behaviour lacked the respect that should be shown.
Trump met the Queen for the first time, and all eyes were on him to see if he would follow the rules or not.
There are some do’s and don’ts when meeting Her Majesty. This includes allowing the Queen to initiate body contact and letting her take the lead when walking.
And, Trump seemed to struggle a bit with the latter.
American President’s first questionable move took place within the first few seconds of their meeting. It was when Trump walked up to greet her. He shook her hand but did not bow.
Some outlets spotted a barely perceivable bow in footage of him exiting his vehicle. But, it appeared more like he gave a nod. Even the First Lady did not bow or curtsy.
According to the royal family’s official website:-
When meeting the reigning monarch, men should execute a ‘neck bow’ by basically nodding their head downward, not bowing from the waist. Women do a small curtsy. However, there are some exceptions.
Marlene, a royal expert says: “Americans do not curtsy or bow to foreign sovereigns. Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister of Canada gave a little bob of the head as Queen Elizabeth is the Head of State of Canada”.
Well, there is more to it.
When Trump walked with Her Majesty towards her royal guards, he appeared to be a bit confused about where to stand. He seemed to take a few steps in front of the Queen after she made a hand signal.
And, while leaving his meeting with Her Majesty, President Trump again walked a few steps ahead of the 92-year-old reigning monarch.
Former royal butler, Grant Harrold said that taking the lead ahead of Queen Elizabeth is considered a big no-no.
Harrold said: “If they’re going somewhere or having a walk around, Her Majesty will actually walk slightly in front or alongside Mr Trump”.
Marlene thinks that: “The President’s mistakes are less about breaking the royal protocol and more about him having no understanding of etiquette. Queen Elizabeth being the Queen knows how to handle people”.