BRITS NOT AMUSED! Donald Trump has sparked online criticism for his ‘disrespectful’ failure to follow royal protocol when he met the Queen on Friday. The president was late for his first meeting the 92-year-old monarch who was waiting at Windsor Castle for between 12 and 15 minutes in the 80 degree F heat when he was late for their meeting on Friday.
Daily Mail Trump may not have necessarily been responsible for his late arrival, as it could have been down to the pilot or driver. CNN’s royal commentator Victoria Arbiter insisted he was on time; with his motorcade pulling into the castle’s quadrangle at 4.59pm, for the 5pm appointment.
The American leader and his wife both offered the Queen handshakes which sparked online commentators to ask why they did not curtsey to her as a mark of respect. (The Obamas also chose to greet Elizabeth II with handshakes, rather than bows and curtsies, and nobody condemned them)
Bowing, for men, and curtsying, for women, are not mandatory when meeting a member of the royal family but is considered traditional and polite. (Not for the side that won the war against England)
The president’s biggest faux pas came when he was invited to join the Queen to inspect the guard of honor. Video of the moment showed Trump turning his back on the monarch and marching ahead of her as they walked past the troops – in what was a serious breach of protocol.
The President looked out of step with the official choreography – causing the Queen to point tentatively and ask him to move to the left. However, Trump failed to pick up on the signal and instead came to an abrupt stop in front of her.
The Queen abandoned her efforts to get the President to move and simply shuffled around him. Trump continued to stand stock-still, staring at the Coldstream Guards – who were in their traditional bearskin hats despite the 81F heat.
The Queen appeared to leave him behind before she spurred him into movement again with a swift hand gesture.
Royal etiquette states that one should never turn their back on the monarch, or walk in front of her. Prime Minister Theresa May, who greeted the Queen with a very low curtsy last time they met in public, backs out of the room after her weekly audience with the monarch – as all British prime ministers have before her.
Even the Queen’s husband of 70 years, Prince Philip, 97, traditionally walks a few paces behind her in public. (Who cares?)
But apparently Trump had forgotten the rules, or chose not to follow them. He also faced a backlash for his rather sloppy appearance, leaving his jacket undone and tie long. The gaffes were quickly picked up on social media, where he was slammed for being ‘rude’ and ‘disrespectful’ to the world’s longest serving monarch. (Who cares?)