And no one really knows why
Donald Trump met Queen Elizabeth last Friday, a highlight of his first official visit to the United Kingdom as President.
Unlike the arrival of past political leaders, Queen Elizabeth was left to meet with Donald and Melania Trump solo, with Prince Charles and Prince William reportedly choosing not to meet the 72-year-old.
‘It’s a very, very unusual thing for the Queen to be there on her own,’ a source explained to The Sunday Times. ‘Usually she is accompanied by somebody. This business of Prince Charles and Prince William not being there for the Trump visit was a snub.’
But while the Queen may have represented the royal family solo, she did show him a warm welcome - with the exception of a not so subtle dig at the president with her brooch.
Together the pair posed for photos and inspected a Guard of Honour, with the Queen not even breaking her smile as the president stretched out his hand to offer the monarch a handshake instead of a curtsy.
But it wasn’t the lack of royal family members or the Donald Trump handshake that got the world talking, instead it was a remark after he left that will go down as one of his famous Donald Trump quotes.
‘We met with the queen, who is absolutely a terrific person,’ the president announced, before stating, ‘she reviewed her Honour Guard for the first time in 70 years, they tell me’ - something which is just untrue.
The Queen is known to inspect her Honour Guard many times each year, with it being customary to happen when a head of state visits.
‘We walked in front of the Honour Guard and that was very inspiring to see and be with her,’ Trump continued. ‘And I think the relationship, I can truly say is a good one. But she was very, very inspiring indeed.’
Hmm not sure what the Queen would have to say about that one.
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