Gov. Gen. in a touch­ing faux pas

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

A mo­men­tary breach of pro­to­col that saw the Gover­nor Gen­eral touch the Queen’s arm has at least one Bri­tish tabloid abuzz. But some on so­cial me­dia say it’s noth­ing to get worked up about.

Gov. Gen. David John­ston hosted the monarch Wednes­day at Canada House in cen­tral Lon­don to cel­e­brate Canada’s 150th an­niver­sary and helped her up and down the red­car­peted stairs.

John­ston re­port­edly told me­dia there he was wor­ried the Queen would trip.

The in­ci­dent cap­tured some tabloids’ at­ten­tion, with the Daily Mail call­ing out John­ston for his faux pas in break­ing royal pro­to­col.

But on­line ob­servers seemed un­fazed by the mis­step, which many deemed too mi­nor to cause a scan­dal.

Some on so­cial me­dia even sug­gested the 91-year-old Queen should be grate­ful for the help.

“The man helped an el­derly lady from fall­ing,” one wrote on Twit­ter. “Gover­nor Gen­eral acts like Cana­dian Gen­tle­man is a bet­ter head­line,” an­other tweeted.

Some sug­gested there would have been a big­ger up­roar if the Queen had slipped while John­ston stood idly by.

The no-touch­ing rule has been bro­ken in the past.

Former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama made in­ter­na­tional head­lines when she hugged the monarch in 2009.

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