Royal REBEL: How the Queen broke ‘RUBBISH’ Royal protocol – ‘she was having NONE of it’

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Royal REBEL: How the Queen broke ‘RUBBISH’ Royal protocol – ‘she was having NONE of it’

THE Queen broke Royal protocol “dismissing all the fuss with a wave of her hand” when Michelle and Barack Obama visited Windsor Castle from the Ambassador’s residence in London in April 2016.

Royal REBEL: How the Queen broke ‘RUBBISH’ Royal protocol – ‘she was having NONE of it’

THE Queen broke Royal protocol “dismissing all the fuss with a wave of her hand” when Michelle and Barack Obama visited Windsor Castle from the Ambassador’s residence in London in April 2016.

Writing in her new autobiography, Becoming, Mrs Obama said: “We were briefed on the protocol ahead of time: We’d greet the Royals formally before getting into their vehicle to make the short drive.

“I’d sit in the front next to ninety-four-year-old Prince Philip, who would drive, and Barack would sit next to the Queen in the back seat.”

The former First Lady went on to explain how the Queen subverted Royal protocol in a rare act of disobedience.

The Queen and Prince Philip with the Obamas when they came to stay in April 2009 Image GETTY
The Queen and Prince Philip with the Obamas when they came to stay in April 2009 Image GETTY

She said: “After we’d touched down in a field on the palace grounds and said our hellos, however, the Queen abruptly threw a wrench into everything by gesturing for me to join her in the back seat of the Range Rover.

“I froze, trying to remember if anyone had prepared me for this scenario, whether it was more polite to go along with it or to insist that Barack take his proper seat by her side.

“The Queen immediately picked up on my hesitations and was having none of it.

“‘Did they give you some rule about this?’ she said, dismissing all the fuss with a wave of her hand.

The Queen is said to have a wicked sense of humour Image GETTY
The Queen is said to have a wicked sense of humour Image GETTY

“‘That’s rubbish. Sit wherever you want.’”

Her Majesty’s rejection of the norm came after her Royal team “fretted endlessly” over the “movements and interactions” of the Obamas to ensure “every last little thing looked right and went smoothly”.

The Queen broke Royal protocol when the Obamas came to visit Image GETTY
The Queen broke Royal protocol when the Obamas came to visit Image GETTY

When US President Donald Trump visited the Queen earlier this year he attracted controversy by appearing to keep Her Majesty waiting.

The Queen was, in fact, early to receive her guest as she insists she always is.

Trump also broke Royal protocol by sauntering directly in front of the Queen as the two inspected the Queen’s Guard.

Obama and the Queen at Winfield House in London on May 25 2011 Image GETTY
Obama and the Queen at Winfield House in London on May 25 2011 Image GETTY

Michelle Obama also committed a Royal faux-pas by appearing to hug the Queen when the then-President’s wife was visiting the UK in April 2009.

Mrs Obama was adamant the Queen did not mind, with the monarch responding by mirroring the friendly gesture.

Buckingham Palace has been approached for comment.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK