London (CNN) – The British public and press did not appear amused with President Donald Trump walking in front of Queen Elizabeth II on Friday, with one royal commentator describing the awkward stroll as reminiscent of “wandering up and down a golf course.”
Trump’s move sparked criticism on social media after momentarily walking in front of the Queen during a reviewing of the troops at Windsor Castle, and generated headlines for British digital outlets.
In the encounter, Elizabeth appears to gesture Trump forward before he walks ahead and promptly puts on the brakes — forcing the monarch to do an awkward sidestep around him. BBC journalist Sattar Saeedi posted a video showing the lesson.
— Sattar Saeedi (@SattarSaeedi) July 13, 2018
But Trump’s move to walk in front of the Queen 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.
Fitzwilliams said the confusion “gave the impression of dis-coordination,” adding, “It proves he (Trump) doesn’t bother to rehearse, because the thinks he doesn’t need to.”
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