April 2nd, 2009
03:33 PM ET
14 years ago

Buckingham Palace weighs in on first lady's touching moment

(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama did not breach protocol by touching Queen Elizabeth II at a reception for world leaders attending the G-20 summit, Buckingham Palace told CNN Thursday.

"It was a mutual and spontaneous display of affection and appreciation between the Queen and Michelle Obama," the Royal Press Office said in a statement Thursday. "The London Summit reception at Buckingham Palace was an informal occasion," the statement also said.

No breach of protocol occurred, according to the Royal Press Office, because Buckingham Palace does not issue instructions about how to address the Queen.

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  1. Sam

    The Queen didn't care. Despite appearances to the contrary, she is not nearly as stuffy as you would think. She moves with the times, as much as a lady in her 80s can. Don't forget that she's got a lot of young grandkids who aren't even slightly traditional. It looked like a spontaneous gesture from Mrs. Obama to the Queen, who also reciprocated. The whole thing lasted under 10 seconds.

    April 2, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Leilani

    Why is this news?

    April 2, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. jeanne

    no jackets in the oval office, no sleeves in the palace........YIKES!!!!

    April 2, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Truth Hurts

    It is ashame how the conservatives are hating on the Obama's. And they are trying to restore respect and fix the economy in the U.S.A The conservatives are so hell bent on President Obama failing, that they can't see the good that he is already doing!! Conservatives get your head out of your butt and maybe you can see things better!! LOL

    I think the conservatives are just made because the Bush's never got a grand welcome in different countries around the world!!

    April 2, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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