Thursday, April 2, 2009
The Queen and Mrs. Obama: Did The First Lady Break Protocol?
The rules are set in stone, and so the eagerly watching British media sputtered and then proceeded to wet themselves when the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, briefly put her hand on the back of Queen Elizabeth II as the two chatted at a reception. Etiquette is quite stern about this.
("Whatever you do, don't touch the Queen!")
Here is the actual stone the rules come from. It was dug up from the dungeon at Buckingham Palace.
However, I do believe they missed the BIGGEST exception to that rule. Given to Mrs. Obama the day we won THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. *WINK* WE ARE SO PROUD MICHELLE!
They drone on...as they usually do.
"Of course, there are corollaries to this. One must certainly touch the Queen if the monarch offers her hand (though you should return this not with a firm handshake but just a touch). On Wednesday, Michelle Obama put her hand on the Queen only after the Queen had placed her own hand on the First Lady's back as part of their conversation. So there is room for theological argument as to whether the American reciprocity of touch was allowable given the social dynamics of the situation."
PERMISSION GRANTED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
"Still, the sight of anyone apparently touching the Queen with anything more than a limp handshake is enough to send the British (or traditionalists in the old Commonwealth) twittering."
I don't mind seeing English twittering. Mrs. Obama you have my personal blessing and support. They will get over it.
In addition we ask that you quit referring to President Obama and The First Lady as 'American Royalty.' According to the U.S. Constitution we do not confer title to our citizens and to do so is degrading.