Buckingham Palace is taking on a new image or should I say new gesture. First Lady Michelle Obama actually got touched by Queen Elizabeth. What’s the big deal? It is protocol not to touch the Queen and certainly you should expect the Queen not to ever touch you.

First Lady Michelle Obama received a very warm G-20 welcome from Queen Elizabeth who embraced her during a reception at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday night, the Queen touched her hand to Michelle Obama’s back, and the gesture was then returned (though reports vary as to who started).
It is royal etiquette not to touch the Queen unless she reaches out first. Should First Lady Michelle Obama have touched the Queen? Yes! Times are changing… Who started the embrace does not really matter, how we got here is what really counts.

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