Trump's walk with the Queen: Like 'wandering up and down a golf course'

Source: CNN | July 14, 2018 | Sheena McKenzie

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.

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.”

News outlets like Express labeled the move a breach of protocol, though, as did the Daily Mail, which said the Queen shooed “him out the way.”


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    Uncouth. No class. I’m sure someone tried to teach him proper manners with royalty, but he’s a know-it-all who doesn’t need instruction. He’s going to do what he wants and if you don’t like it, too bad. On this trip Trump has behaved like the typical Ugly American — barging in, bullying and insulting. No respect for others at all. He’s an embarrassment.

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