President Donald Trump’s meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle has created a social media frenzy for what some are calling a royal faux-pas.
A collective gasp could be heard around the world as Trump momentarily stepped in front of the 92-year-old monarch at a ceremonial inspection of the Guard of Honor on Friday.
Reuters reported that Trump “halted abruptly” during the inspection, forcing Queen Elizabeth to walk around him.
Did Donald Trump just WALK IN FRONT OF THE QUEEN?!?!?!
— Halla Mohieddeen (@STVhalla) July 13, 2018
TRUMP IS LITERALLY TRYING TO WALK IN FRONT OF THE QUEEN
— Jennifer Louise (@JenneLouise) July 13, 2018
The awkward moment created a brief second when the Queen seemed to disappear behind the president. The Washington Post declared that Trump “literally eclipsed” the Queen.
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 13, 2018
Naturally, Trump’s critics were quick to condemn him for his “disrespect” of walking ahead of the monarch, and earlier as he and First Lady Melania Trump greeted the Queen for the first time.
Lack of manners, composure, etiquette, zero knowledge of protocol. He looks like a cave man.
— Ma.Cecilia Cassaro (@mccassaro) July 13, 2018
I’m no royalty expert, but I’m confident cutting the Queen off is frowned upon ?pic.twitter.com/c2KSkUn145
— UnsilentMajority ? (@The_UnSilent_) July 13, 2018
Man doesn’t have an ounce of regard for anyone but himself.
— Alicia Norman (@LuvMultimedia) July 13, 2018
Is this man just casually walking in front of the QUEEN! NO. He’s simply blocking her!
Teach Trump some manners… SOMEBODY. ANYBODY. ??????? pic.twitter.com/aG6kdxxhts
— Poppy Mathobela (@PopMathobela) July 14, 2018
While the Trumps both shook Elizabeth’s hand, the president did not bow and Melania did not bow or curtsy. Though it appears to be royal protocol to do so, royal expert Marlene Koenig told HarpersBAZAAR.com that there are exceptions.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 13, 2018
“Americans do not curtsy or bow to foreign sovereigns,” Koenig explained. “Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister of Canada gave a little bob of head as the Queen is the Head of State of Canada. She is his Sovereign.”
Former President Barack Obama did not bow when he met the Queen in 2011 at the same location.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) July 14, 2018
Donald Trump posed for a photograph with Queen Elizabeth in the Grand Corridor at Windsor Castle pic.twitter.com/puJLW9l1bU
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) July 13, 2018
There was finger-wagging by Trump critics as well over the apparent tardiness of his arrival for hour-long visit with the Queen that included tea inside Windsor Castle.
When you keep the Queen waiting so long she has to check her watch. pic.twitter.com/OooYvU4dMk
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) July 13, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump was late for his meeting over tea with Queen Elizabeth II on Friday, leaving the 92-year-old standing in wait nearly 12 minutes outside Windsor Castle before his arrival.
— Globalnews.ca (@globalnews) July 13, 2018
“It’s generally quite difficult to upstage the queen of England, but President Trump might have managed to do so.” @GuinnessKebab on Trump eclipsing Queen Elizabeth II https://t.co/DdVdnbSMY2 pic.twitter.com/AEFQFf965k
— Sarah Parnass (@WordsOfSarah) July 13, 2018
In response to the protocol police – Trump was not late to meet the Queen, but rather arrived right on time. As a foreign head of state he is not required to bow to her and the Queen is HM not HRH.
— Victoria Arbiter (@victoriaarbiter) July 14, 2018
No diplomatic damage appeared to have been done by Trump’s “mistep” but the moment provided endless replays on social media, including a popular version set to music from “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Curb your enthusiasm pic.twitter.com/cXWBoNxoMN
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) July 13, 2018
— Liz Sly (@LizSly) July 14, 2018
Retweeted SimonNRicketts (@SimonNRicketts):
This is hilarious. The Queen acting like she’s training one of her dogs as Trump struggles to master the art of walking. pic.twitter.com/cW9nMv48hG
— ?RESIST?CONSERVATISM (@mahilena) July 14, 2018
Two very powerful people who are comfortable with ceremony….love watching them together. Both have wonderful humor – they’d be the first to laugh at themselves. ????
— ?? Chris V. ?? (@multitasker333) July 13, 2018
The John Travolta Pulp Fiction Meme Gonna Be Replaced!! ?? pic.twitter.com/rHQ74nHuej
— Jenn ?? (@JuStJeNn45) July 13, 2018
HM will love it – she’s got the best sense of humour
— JustG (@Little_G2) July 13, 2018
Has anyone ever gone grocery shopping with their grandmother?
— niles turner ? ? (@nilesturner) July 13, 2018
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