Trump to take tea with the Queen

Shepparton News - - OPINION -

United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is ex­pected to adopt a softer tone than the one he set ear­lier this week at a NATO sum­mit when he takes tea with Bri­tain’s Queen El­iz­a­beth II.

Trump and his wife Me­la­nia were due to meet the 92-year-old monarch at Wind­sor Cas­tle yes­ter­day and both the im­pos­ing set­ting and El­iz­a­beth be­ing one of the most ad­mired women in the world was ex­pected to tem­per the US pres­i­dent’s icon­o­clas­tic ways.

The Queen has met every US pres­i­dent since Dwight Eisen­hower with the ex­cep­tion of Lyn­don John­son, who never vis­ited Bri­tain while in of­fice.

There are rules of eti­quette for en­coun­ters with the Queen, al­though they are less rigid than many be­lieve.

Chief among them: Don’t get too af­fec­tion­ate with the Queen, who does not ex­pect to be hugged or kissed by guests.

Eti­quette will re­quire the Trumps to wait un­til El­iz­a­beth of­fers her hand, then to shake it po­litely and move on.

Nei­ther will be likely to bow or curtsy when they meet the Queen, said Hugo Vick­ers, an au­thor who has long chron­i­cled the British roy­als.

‘‘That wouldn’t be re­quired from a head of state or the wife of a head of state,’’ he said.

‘‘He would be wise not to Across the ditch: at­tempt to kiss her, and I don’t ex­pect for a mo­ment that he will.’’

Trump has told British tabloid The Sun that he’s not ner­vous about meet­ing the Queen, who he called ‘‘a tremen­dous woman’’.

‘‘I re­ally look for­ward to meet­ing her. I think she rep­re­sents her coun­try so well,’’ he told The Sun.

There are con­ven­tions on how to ad­dress the Queen. The Trumps will be ex­pected to call her ‘‘Your Majesty’’ upon meet­ing her and af­ter­ward call her ‘‘Ma’am’’.

But the Queen wasn’t up­set when South African Pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela called her El­iz­a­beth. Nor was she miffed when Michelle Obama put her arm around the Queen brief ly.

El­iz­a­beth, the long­est reign­ing monarch in British his­tory, has shown her­self to be un­flap­pable when the un­ex­pected oc­curs. She is not known to show anger in pub­lic, and the only times most peo­ple have seen her show un­bri­dled glee is when one of her race­horses per­forms ex­tremely well in a com­pe­ti­tion. — AAP

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