During Michelle Obama’s state visit, the Queen disregarded royal protocol, which was described as a “epic faux pas.”
DURING A STATE VISIT TO THE UK IN 2009, THE QUEEN ALLOWED Michelle Obama to breach a certain royal protocol, according to the former First Lady.
When Mrs. Obama and her husband, Barack, breached royal decorum at Buckingham Palace, they caused quite a fuss. The 44th President was invited to visit the United Kingdom on a state visit shortly after winning the 2008 election.
The President and his wife, Michelle, were treated to a meal at Buckingham Palace, a rare treat for visitors to London.
According to the Royal Family website, men should bow from the neck and ladies should drop into a curtsey when greeting a member of the Firm.
The only other option is to shake hands in a formal manner.
Michelle Obama, who was 45 at the time, however, put her arm around Her Majesty.
The Queen, on the other hand, did not back down and instead chose to place her gloved hand on Michelle’s back.
The ex-FLOTUS told about what really happened at the tiny reception in 2018, less than a decade after the now-famous incident.
“At least I did the human thing at Buckingham Palace if I hadn’t done the proper thing… I’m guessing the Queen was fine with it as well, because as I touched her, she drew closer and delicately rested a gloved hand on the small of my back.”
She explained in her best-selling memoir Becoming that the incident occurred after a brief conversation with the Queen.
“The Queen looked down at the pair of black Jimmy Choos I was wearing,” she recalled.
“With a shake of her head, she expressed her dissatisfaction with the situation. ‘Are these shoes not unpleasant?’ says the narrator.
She made a frustrated gesture towards her own black pumps.
“I admitted to the Queen that my feet were hurting at the time.
“She admitted that hers hurt as well.
“We exchanged identical expressions at that point, as if to say, when is all this standing around with world leaders going to end?
“And with that, she burst out laughing in a completely lovely manner.”
Mrs Obama explained that she had no idea she was doing “what would be considered an incredible faux pas” when she placed her hand on the Queen.
Instead, it was a natural reaction.
“Whenever I feel connected to a new person, I do what comes naturally to me…
She said, “[We were] just two exhausted ladies tormented by our shoes.”
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