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Apr. 2nd, 2009 @ 09:06 am Don't Touch the Queen!
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From:solarmonarch
Date:April 2nd, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
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Once again, a show of common (as in universal) human warmth is labeled as a faux pas by dint of Divine Right.

Don't get me wrong, I agree with LK who said that the Obama Administration needs better protocol advisers - especially after the unfortunate gifts they presented to Gordon Brown when he visited the US. (D'oh!) If one should never touch the Queen, then one should never touch the Queen. Period.

I mean, I can say I wouldn't go hugging Her Royal Highness - I'm about as common (as in plebian) as one can be. However, if 5 years from now my (hypothetical) spouse was President of the United States and I were meeting THE Queen of England, and she put a hand on my back in a friendly gesture in front of 50 flashing cameras, I can't guarantee I wouldn't automatically return the gesture in kind.

...and since I'm a fella, the gallows might actually be employed...