Donald Trump leaves London after awkward moment with the Queen


Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS
Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS

The British public and press did not appear amused with President Donald Trump walking in front of the Queen on Friday, as he visited the UK amidst waves of protests.

The meeting of the two leaders began with generous smiles and the Queen shaking the hands of Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, before all three stood for the American national anthem. Trump then walked side-by-side with the Queen as they inspected the busby-wearing Coldstream guards, the Guardian reports.

Images show the Queen almost walking into the US President whilst at Windsor Castle.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth inspect an honour guard at Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain July 13, 2018. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS

In the encounter, Queen Elizabeth appears to gesture Trump forward before he walks ahead and promptly puts on the brakes. This forced The Queen to do an awkward sidestep around him.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth stands with U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania in the Grand Corridor during their visit to Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain July 13, 2018. Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS

Trump’s move to walk in front of the Queen however didn’t technically break royal protocol, according to royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams. That said, Trump still looked like he “might as well have been wandering up and down a golf course,” Fitzwilliams told CNN.

Donald Trump left London shortly after the visit which also saw him meet with Prime Minister Theresa May as tens of thousands of protesters  took to the streets of the capital city. Trump and his wife next moved on to his luxury golf resort in Scotland.


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