'Did Donald Trump just WALK IN FRONT OF THE QUEEN?'

'Did Donald Trump just WALK IN FRONT OF THE QUEEN?'

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LONDON — It is usually fairly troublesome to upstage the queen of England, however President Trump may need managed to take action.

Trump and Queen Elizabeth II met Friday as a part of his working visit to the UK. Because the pink carpet was rolled out at Windsor Citadel, hundreds gathered at a “Cease Trump” rally in London's Trafalgar Sq.. Some hours earlier than, an inflatable balloon depicting the president as an enormous orange child flew within the air alongside the Homes of Parliament.

Whereas Friday's protest and an array of sarcastic indicators brought on fairly a stir, Trump's stroll with the queen throughout an inspection of guardsmen shortly turned a scorching matter.

Described as “cringeworthy” and “uncomfortable” viewing on social media, footage of their stroll collectively got here underneath intense scrutiny. Whereas touring the fort grounds, Trump maintained a comparatively brisk stroll, which noticed the queen, at occasions, fall behind him as he led the best way.

Some observers immediately turned defensive of the queen, who turned 92 this yr. “Did Donald Trump simply WALK IN FRONT OF THE QUEEN?!?!?!" requested one clearly offended consumer. “I detested how Trump dared stroll in entrance of the Queen at present,” wrote one other.

At one level, the queen could be seen gesturing to Trump, though it is unclear what precisely she might have been referring to. On social media, some speculated that Trump was being instructed on which aspect of her he ought to stroll.

If that was the case, the president did not grasp the message.

Others on-line additionally debated whether or not Trump and first woman Melania Trump broke with royal protocol once they opted to shake palms with the queen as an alternative of bowing or curtsying. Whereas some have been displeased, that is an optionally available gesture, and selecting not to take action doesn't break with royal protocol. Though bowing isn't a tough and quick rule, some consider it to be obligatory. Trump, who is understood for his prolonged, highly effective and intense handshakes, had many slightly worried about what would occur when he met the world's longest-serving monarch.

The queen, who is never seen embracing others, isn't recognized for public shows of affection. She stunned many individuals in 2012 when she was seen putting an arm affectionately round Michelle Obama. Obama reciprocated, and the 2 stood arm in arm for a short time.

On the time, writer Charles Mosley described the interplay as “astounding” and told CNN: “The large deal is that the queen is an virtually sacred individual. In monarchies, there is a sacredness that surrounds the sovereign, which is probably not recognized in republics.”

Again in 1992, former Australian prime minister Paul Keating was closely criticized for putting his hand on the monarch's decrease again. British newspapers on the time referred to him as the “Lizard of Oz” after his uncouth conduct.

The queen wore all blue for Friday's assembly with the Trumps and appeared to be in good spirits — regardless of the presidential eclipse.