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When President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jackie Kennedy, visited Buckingham Palace in 1961, tensions brewed between the first lady and Queen Elizabeth.
Queen Elizabeth was reportedly jealous of the fawning attention that Jackie Kennedy received. Further drama ensued when Kennedy invited her twice-divorced brother-in-law and sister to a state dinner. The Queen initially denied their entry, causing diplomats to step in and negotiate, according to the Washington Post.
The Queen relented, but left her sister Princess Margaret and her aunt Princess Marina off the guest list since Kennedy wanted to be photographed with them.
“The queen’s resentment was real,” Kitty Kelly wrote in her book “The Royals.”
President Jimmy Carter broke royal protocol by kissing the Queen Mother on the lips during his visit in 1977.
“I took a sharp step backwards – not quite far enough,” the Queen Mother is said to have remarked after the encounter, according to BBC.
Michelle Obama caused a stir when she put her arm around Queen Elizabeth during her and President Barack Obama’s first visit to Buckingham Palace in 2009.
Michelle Obama wrote in her memoir, “Becoming,” that when she met Queen Elizabeth in 2009, they bonded over both wearing uncomfortable high heels.
“Forget that she sometimes wore a diamond crown and that I’d flown to London on a presidential jet; we were two tired ladies oppressed by our shoes,” she wrote. “I then did what’s instinctive to me anytime I feel connected to a new person, which is to express my feelings outwardly. I laid a hand affectionately across her shoulder.”
She didn’t realize until later that she had committed “what would be deemed as an epic faux pas,” as one isn’t supposed to touch the Queen.
“If I hadn’t done the proper thing at Buckingham Palace, I had at least done the human thing,” she wrote. “I daresay the Queen was okay with it, too, because when I touched her, she only pulled closer, resting a gloved hand lightly on the small of my back.”
President Donald Trump appeared to break royal protocol several times while visiting Windsor Castle in 2018.
Bowing or curtsying isn’t necessary when greeting a royal, but the royal family’s official website says that “many people wish to observe the traditional forms.” Trump broke from tradition by opting for a handshake instead of a bow.
Some theorized that Queen Elizabeth’s choice of brooches may have sent subtle messages about her opinion of Trump.
On the first day of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump’s visit to the UK in 2018, Queen Elizabeth wore a brooch given to her by Barack and Michelle Obama.
When she actually met with Trump, she wore a brooch that her mother wore to her father’s funeral, which some thought could be a subtle sign of the Queen’s opinion of the president.
Queen Elizabeth’s tiara also caused speculation that she shaded President Donald Trump on his most recent visit to the UK.
Queen Elizabeth wore her Burmese Ruby Tiara to a state dinner at Buckingham Palace held in the Trumps’ honor. The tiara contains 96 rubies that were given to the Queen as a gift from the people of Burma (also known as Myanmar).
The Queen’s choice of the tiara, which is said to be a “symbol of protection against illness and evil,” sparked theories among some Twitter users that she wore it purposely to dine with Trump.