AMERICA’S First Lady has joined two former Australian Prime Ministers in incurring the wrath of Britain’s media by briefly touching the Queen.
In an incident almost identical to the one involving former PM Paul Keating in 1992, Michelle Obama briefly put her hand on the back of Queen Elizabeth II as the two chatted at a Buckingham Palace reception.
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Mrs Obama put her hand on the Royal only after the Queen had placed her own hand on the First Lady’s back as part of their conversation.
Keating was infamously branded the “Lizard of Oz” with his touch of the Royal back during the Queen’s tour of Canberra’s Parliament House.
But he wasn’t the only former Aussie PM to have been brought undone by Royal protocol.
In 2007 John Howard got plenty of criticism for apparently putting his arm around the Queen to direct her through a crowd. He later denied actually touching her, but photographs suggest that he came quite close.
American media outlets reported the Queen did not seem particularly perturbed by Mrs Obama’s gesture although she appeared slightly surprised as she drew away
Time.Com reported that in defence of the First Lady she is not a subject of the Queen and that Australians, despite referendums attempting to turn themselves into a republic, still recognize the Queen as their head of state.
— First Lady&squo;s Royal slip-up | The Daily Telegraph
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