Donald Trump was always bound to make waves during his visit to the UK.
And it didn’t take long, as in a break from royal protocol the US president touched the Queen during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace. At least, it looks like he did.
Footage released from the reception shows the 72-year-old standing alongside Liz following his address. But rather than just stand there, smile and nod, he reaches across with his left hand and appears to stroke the British monarch on her back.
Now, this might not seem like a big issue but it actually is. According to royal protocol, in order to touch the Queen, she must first offer you her hand – which it doesn’t look like she did. Anything else is a big ‘no no’.
The US president appeared to reach across and touch the Queen’s back. Credit: Sky News
But like the pro that she is, the Queen didn’t let it faze her and just carried on as if nothing had happened, even managing a little smile.
During his speech, Trump thanked his host for her hospitality and paid tribute to the soldiers who fought on D-Day.
He said: “Your Majesty, Melania and I are profoundly honoured to be your guests for this historic state visit.
“Thank you for your warm welcome, for this beautiful weather, your gracious hospitality, and Your Majesty’s nearly seven decades of treasured friendship with the United States of America.
“This week, we commemorate a mighty endeavour of righteous nations and one of the greatest undertakings in all of history.
Trump is in the UK for a state visit and gave an address at Buckingham Palace. Credit: PA
“Seventy-five years ago, more than 150,000 allied troops were preparing on this island to parachute into France, storm the beaches of Normandy, and win back our civilisation.
“As Her Majesty remembers, the British people had hoped and prayed and fought for this day for nearly five years.”
But not everyone was as welcoming to the 45th president as our Liz.
Certainly not campaign group Born Eco who mowed a massive penis into a field for him to see as he landed yesterday.The penis is accompanied by the message ‘Oi Trump’, while a polar bear has been cut into another field alongside the message ‘Climate change is real’.
Born Eco mowed a ‘welcome’ message into a field for Donald Trump to see upon his arrival in the UK. Credit: Twitter/Born Eco
Born Eco said the field art was created under the Stansted Airport flightpath to ‘welcome’ the US President with a ‘stiff’ message.
Sharing the pictures on Twitter, the eco-friendly online marketplace said: “Guess who’s been busy today mowing a stiff message for Trump under the Stansted flightpath… Please share and let’s see how far we can spread the welcome!”