Royal commentators said President Joe Biden violated royal protocol with Queen Elizabeth II several times during his trip to the U.K.
The first instance allegedly happened during a reception with G7 leaders at the Eden Project in Cornwall, Britain, the Daily Mail reported over the weekend. (RELATED: President Biden Sends ‘Deepest Condolences’ To Queen Amid News Of Prince Philip’s Death)
Biden’s 18-car convoy arrived at the venue five minutes after the royal monarch, which is reportedly against protocol. Royal etiquette requires that all guests arrive before the Queen does for any official event, according to the outlet. (RELATED: Meghan Markle Accuses Royals Of Racism, Says She Considered Killing Herself)
The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join @G7 leaders at a #G7UK summit reception hosted by Prime Minister @BorisJohnson at the Eden Project. pic.twitter.com/eCIIpHZsbE
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 11, 2021
The president reportedly may have broken another protocol Sunday after his meeting with the Queen at Windsor Castle. Biden told reporters that the monarch asked him about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the outlet noted.
“She [Queen Elizabeth II] wanted to know what the two leaders that I… the one I’m about to meet with, Mr. Putin, and she wanted to know about Xi Jinping, and we had a long talk, and she was very generous,” the president shared.
“The Queen is supposed to have told Michelle Obama that royal protocol was rubbish,” royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams explained to the outlet. “It has nonetheless been a rule that an audience with the Queen is strictly private and to reveal its contents is a breach of trust.”
“President Biden, by revealing that the Queen had asked about the Russian and Chinese leaders, did breach this rule,” he added. “It is very possible that, as the G7 sees itself as a bulwark of democracy against regimes such as Russia and China, that this comment may have been prearranged in line with this theme.”
“The President, who will soon be meeting President Putin, naturally gave no details,” Fitzwilliams continued. “Biden’s revelation of what the Queen asked was surprising, but it appeared to emphasize the message of her government and its transatlantic ally, which is the world’s only superpower, that there is a great deal of concern about the activities of President Putin’s totalitarian regime and that of China’s President Xi too.”
POTUS also reportedly broke protocol when he kept his sunglasses on when he met the Queen.
“If you’re meeting the Queen face-to-face there’s no sunglasses or anything like that at all because eye contact is quite important with any introduction,” Grant Harrold, a former butler to Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla told Newsweek.
“It’s fine for Biden to have had sunglasses on but he should have removed them when he actually met the Queen,” he added. “Everyone else has to, it doesn’t matter who you are, even royals remove sunglasses when they meet royals.”
“It’s one of those rules I always write about in my etiquette texts,” Harrold continued. “It is a breach of protocol. I get the sun might have been shining in his eyes but the queen didn’t have sunglasses on. Jill, the first lady, didn’t have sunglasses on.”