The Glaring Differences Between How Queen Elizabeth Greeted The Trumps Recently And How She Greeted The Obamas Years Ago
July 19, 2018 15:06 By Mambee
Last week, Queen Elizabeth met with the American president, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania. In 2016, Her Majesty met with the Obamas. Over the 66 years since the Queen took the throne, she has met with several world leaders and each encounter is pretty unique.
A lot of people anticipated the Queen's meeting with the United States president this year. But was there a difference between how the monarch related to the Trumps and how she got on with the Obamas?
The Queen met the Trumps for the first time on July 13. The 92-year-old monarch welcomed Trump and his wife with a handshake.
In 2009, the Obamas were hosted by the palace. Their first meeting with the Queen, however, was indoors and Prince Philip, who has now retired from public duty, was present.
Trump inspected the Honor Guard with the Queen during his visit. The president was quite impressed with that, but many criticised him for breaching protocol by walking in front of the Queen and blocking her view at one point.
In 2009, Michelle Obama was criticised for not wearing something fancier for her visit with the Queen. The then First Lady caused a stir when she wore a simple sweater and some found it disrespectful.
A surprising hug
While meeting with the Obamas in 2009, the Queen initiated a side hug with Michelle Obama. Her Majesty is not very approving of informal PDAs like this, so her gesture was quite surprising to many.
With the Trumps, however, the Queen kept things very formal. The First Couple kept a respectful distance and the royal did not make a move to change that.
Meeting other royals
There were speculations that Prince Charles and Prince William purposely avoided meeting with the Queen during the Trumps' visit. The Palace has, however, cleared that up by explaining that the Princes were not scheduled to be there because the visit was a courtesy, not a state visit.
As for the Obamas, they met with other members of the royal family when they attended the Queen's 90th birthday in 2016. Barack and Michelle got to hang out not only with the Queen, but also with Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry.
The internet reacts
Following the Trumps' meeting with the Queen, many people took to social media to share their opinions.
The British government announced there'll be no state dinner at Buckingham Palace, Donald and Melania, are scheduled to meet Queen Elizabeth on July 13 at Windsor Castle.— Indivisible Network (@IndivisibleNet) July 10, 2018
Didn't Queen Elizabeth rolled out the red carpet for President Obama and First lady Michelle? pic.twitter.com/VbtFSuhyAe
And...they are already leaving. Shortest tea party in the history of Queen Elizabeth II. Obama, Ronald Reagan both stayed overnight at Buckingham Palace by her invitation. Trump gets the treatment he deserves," Hi, have some tea and get the fuck out of my house." https://t.co/xWETUnJFf5— Wags Pet Care (@WagsPetCare) July 13, 2018
When Obama went to England, he got a State Visit with Queen Elizabeth and the love of the English people.— ❄️ Nicole ❄️ (@NLB83) July 13, 2018
tRump gets tea, a blimp of him in a diaper, and mass protests.
Obama wins again#TrumpBabyBlimp #TrumpVisitUK
The Obama's went to Buckingham Palace and spent the day with the Queen. Oh, and they stayed the night at the Palace. But, I'm happy Trump got to walk around the grass at Windsor. Just sayin'. pic.twitter.com/ROdeMQszgb— Gramster007 (@Gramster007) July 13, 2018
Trumps tea with the Queen: 17mins— Steve Hockney (@SteveHockney67) July 13, 2018
Obama meets the Queen: has dinner and spends the night. pic.twitter.com/ZrMlo0qGqE
Even though the first meeting between the Queen and the Obamas, in 2009, was significantly different when compared to the one from last week, the Queen was certainly polite, warm and kind both times.