8 ways Trump could offend the Queen when they finally meet

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US President Donald Trump is visiting the UK in a controversial state visit.
During his four-day stay, the he will finally meet the Queen.
Some fear the president will slip up on the myriad of protocols that surround meeting Her Majesty.
Speaking to ITV News, former royal butler Grant Harrold broke down what Trump will have to remember.

US President Donald Trump has finally arrived in the UK for a controversial four-day visit.

Plans for the visit include a formal dinner with around 100 business leaders, a military demonstration, and the first meeting between the president and the Queen at Windsor Castle.

Trump’s meeting with the Queen is highly anticipated as some fear the unpredictable president could break some of the innumerable protocols that surround meeting Her Majesty.

Speaking to ITV News, former royal butler Grant Harrold broke down exactly what the president will have to remember when he meets the Queen.

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1. You can look, but you can’t touch

“I always say to people that with members of the Royal Family, you can look but you can’t touch.” Harrold told ITV.

Trump is infamous for his over-the-top handshakes, but he will have to let Her Majesty take the lead when they greet each other, as protocol dictates that the Queen must offer her hand first for a handshake to take place.

It is also advisable that the president does not shake the 92-year-old’s hand too vigorously.

2. Let the Queen take the lead

The Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms does not follow — she leads — something Trump will have to bear in mind.

“If they’re going somewhere or having a walk around,” Harrold said, “the Queen will actually walk slightly in front or alongside Mr Trump.”

3. Remember how to address her

NATO entered an emergency session on Thursday after Trump broke diplomatic protocol by reportedly calling the German leader Angela Merkel by her first name.

This won’t fly with the Queen.

“When you meet the Queen for the first time, the correct term is to say ‘Your Majesty’, and then after that, it’s ‘Ma’am’, as in ham, and then when you’re leaving her presence you might then repeat ‘Your Majesty’ to finish the conversation,” Harrold said.

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Source:: Business Insider


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