- The Queen has met US President Donald Trump at Windsor Castle. Watch as they inspect the guard in place of the Duke of Edinburgh.
- Trump also met Theresa May for the first time in British soil.
- Trump said sorry for explosive Brexit claims but attacks fake news
President Trump met the Queen Elizabeth II on Friday during his three-day trip to the United Kingdom. There’s quite a bit of etiquette that one is expected to follow when visiting with a member of the royal family, and wouldn’t you know it: Trump broke the rules for meeting the queen multiple times during their one-on-one, and Twitter is not happy about it.
Those who meet the queen are expected to be punctual. According to the BBC, it’s considered rude to keep the queen waiting. And yet Trump did exactly that on Friday, Vice reports, leaving the 92-year-old monarch waiting on stage for 15 minutes before descending from his helicopter and approaching her. In a development that sparked outrage across social media, the queen was seen checking her watch twice as she waited for president to arrive.
“Just turned on the news to see the queen awkwardly waiting for Trump, who is late,” journalist Malcolm Turner wrote on Twitter. “Can someone remind me why we are putting ourselves through this national humiliation? What do think we are going to gain.”
“Is Trump actually LATE meeting the effing QUEEN OF ENGLAND?,” another angry observer tweeted. “IS THAT ORANGE HATE GOBLIN KEEPING THE ***QUEEN*** WAITING?!?!”
— NAFTA Posterchild (@RobsinBuda) July 13, 2018
The uproar didn’t abate when Trump, upon being introduced to the queen, didn’t bow his head. He simply shook her hand. It’s worth noting that this isn’t technically a violation of the rules; according to the BBC, it’s acceptable for guests to simply shake the queen’s hand if she offers it. Etiquette expert Rupert Wesson told The Telegraph that “the queen is said to be quite relaxed about” the bowing convention. Nevertheless, many viewers were upset at what what they saw as a lack of respect to the queen by Trump (and the first lady, who didn’t curtsy upon their introduction).
“I am appalled that there wasn’t a bow from D Trump or a curtsy from Melania,” user @OroszParicia tweeted Friday. “Even the Queen’s children & Grandchilden pay her this honour. He definitely doesn’t deserve a State Dinner with his thinking that he is the most important person on Earth. No Donald,she is.”
Absolutely fuming Trump and Melania didn’t bow/courtesy to the queen. Protocol may say they don’t have to but the Obamas did. Respect our Queen arseholes.
— Joanna Marie (@Joanna_marie97) July 13, 2018
After their introduction, Trump ran afoul of another royal rule. It’s considered rude to turn one’s back to the queen, according to the BBC, and yet the president did just that as the two were walking across the lawn to “inspect” the royal guards.
There are many additional rules for meeting the queen; for instance, it’s considered a no-no to have anything other than harmless small talk with her, according to the BBC, and there’s a strict protocol for conversation during meals. However, it’s unclear whether Trump abided by these rules, as he, the first lady and the queen headed inside for tea after their introduction, and no cameras were allowed.
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/M7tNwJFlOX
— SimonNRicketts (@SimonNRicketts) July 13, 2018