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Didn’t we win the Revolution?
In today’s “everything Trump does must prompt outrage” moment, President Trump visited with Queen Elizabeth II today in a joint appearance. Together, they inspected a contingent of Royal Guardsmen on the lawn of Windsor Castle.
Apparently, at one point, the President managed to briefly step in front of the Queen as they walked. This, naturally, was enough to turn some formerly freedom loving people into loyalists demanding absolute subjugation to the throne.
The Huffington Post is on this vitally important story…
The royal family adheres to a strict code of etiquette and behavior. So when the ever-boisterous President Donald Trump met with Queen Elizabeth II for tea at Windsor Castle on Friday, many expected him to serve up some awkward interactions.
Of course, Trump did not disappoint.
The president’s critics on Twitter were quick to call him out for briefly walking in front of the queen, which is reportedly a social faux pas, during a ceremonial inspection of the Guard of Honor.
Reuters noted that Trump “halted abruptly” during the inspection, forcing Queen Elizabeth to walk around him.
Twitter did what Twitter does…
Did Donald Trump just WALK IN FRONT OF THE QUEEN?!?!?!
— Halla Mohieddeen (@hallamohieddeen) July 13, 2018
It's also misogynistic AF, because there is no way that his complete lack of respect is unrelated to her being a woman. The extra disrespect he shows to people like her and Angela Merkel is infuriating.
— Kendall Brown (@kendallybrown) July 13, 2018
TRUMP IS LITERALLY TRYING TO WALK IN FRONT OF THE QUEEN
— Jennifer Louise (@JenneLouise) July 13, 2018
— Ian Beck (@ian_bec) July 13, 2018
I'm not a great Royalist – but that is incredible! Trump was in that moment oblivious of the Queen, who in some ways might reasonably be regarded as one of the World's greatest leaders? Also given all the formality he didn't button his jacket? Maybe a bit odd?
— Adrian Ludlam (@adrianludlam) July 13, 2018
There was also a great kerfuffle about the fact that Trump didn’t bow before the Queen when they met for tea, with many suggesting he’d gravely broken “royal” protocol.
Contrary to a lot of the outrage purported in the literally dozens of articles breathlessly reporting these incidents, no actual protocol was broken. Per the guidelines, bowing is not required.
While some were displeased, this is an optional gesture, and choosing not to do so does not break with royal protocol. Although bowing is not a hard and fast rule, some believe it to be mandatory.
Personally, I think it’d be pretty ridiculous for US Presidents to bow before the monarchy we won our independence from, but maybe I’m just weird. Oddly enough, there is actually no prohibition on walking ahead of the Queen either, but what fun would it be if the twitter-verse observed that fact? In reality, it appears that Trump was largely gracious for the visit.
While this is all much ado about nothing, it’s hilariously ironic to see people who’ve no doubt accused Trump of being authoritarian in some manner now losing their minds over him not showing absolute fealty to an actual monarch.
But hey, if you believe everyone should bow before the Queen, win the war next time.
(Too-Late Trigger Warning: The last line is mostly in jest to our British friends. Spare me the gallows.)