Michelle Obama visited the UK with her husband in 2009 and she shared a warmth moment with Queen Elizabeth which touched her heart.
The former first lady put her arm around the British monarch during a past visit to Buckingham Palace and the latter had no problem with it which was quite surprising for Michelle.
According to Royal protocol, one must not touch the queen unless she offers her hand first. But many celebrities have broken this rule and Royals have no problem with it.
Queen’s dressmaker and close confidant, Angela Kelly recalled the moment in her book The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe.
Hello! Magazine shared the excerpt of the book in which Kelly wrote, ”The Queen has the ability to make everyone feel so relaxed that sometimes it feels instinctive to be tactile with her, just as Michelle Obama demonstrated during the State Visit with her husband, President Obama, in 2009,”
”Much has been made about the meeting between Michelle and her Majesty when an instant and mutual warmth was shared between these two remarkable women, and protocol was abandoned as they stood closely with their arms around each other’s backs,” she continued, noting that in that particular situation ”there is no protocol that must be adhered to.
”In reality, it was a natural instinct for the Queen to show affection and respect for another great woman,” Kelly added. ”When fondness is felt or the host of a State Visit goes to guide her Majesty up some steps, it truly is about human kindness and this is something the Queen will always welcome warmly.”
Michelle herself has written herself about the sweet gesture of Queen in her 2018 memoir Becoming.
She wrote: ”If I hadn’t done the proper thing at Buckingham Palace, I had at least done the human thing,”
”I daresay that 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.”
”We looked at each other then with identical expressions, like, When is all this standing around with world leaders going to finally wrap up? And with this, she busted out with a fully charming laugh,”
”Forget that she sometimes wore a diamond crown and that I’d flown to London on the presidential jet; we were just two tired ladies oppressed by our shoes. I then did what’s instinctive to me anytime I feel connected to a new person, which is to express my feelings outwardly.”
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