April 2nd, 2009
03:33 PM ET
13 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. Pamela

    There should be more of this in the world!!

    April 2, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Renee

    I suspect the Queen, on some deep level, appreciated the affection.

    April 2, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Gary

    No big deal. this is one of the reasons we fought for our independence from England. The whole concept of kings and queens is silly. It surprises me that the world still even has kings, queens and dictators.

    April 2, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. Sue M

    Someone out there wants to find fault in Michelle Obama, but she did nothing wrong, instead she looks so polished and quite beautiful.....

    April 2, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Expat American

    Wait a minute...while traveling abroad didn't Bush jr. try to open a door that wasn't actually a door and didn't his father ejection seat his lunch onto somebody?

    I'm sure Clinton's blue dress conference call wasn't protocol either.

    I don't think the First Lady caused an international incident.

    April 2, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. Maude

    The Queen is a gracious lady as is Mrs. Obama. Both women were showing kindness and respect and a mutual liking. I somehow think that if the Queen were offended, YOU WOULD KNOW IT.

    April 2, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. carlos

    spontaneous and warm moment between the Queen of England and our First Lady, and then the Queen said, Let's stay in touch!

    Wonderful!!!!

    April 2, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. nick

    From da hood to a hug from a queen, as the saying once said "you come a long way baby". Good job by our First LADY Michelle Obama.

    April 2, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. Marge

    What's the uproar about. We are not citizens of Great Britian and not bound by their rules. To show respect we should follow their rules, but the Queen herself broke the rules when she sorta hugged Michelle, and then Michelle sorta hugged her back. Get real people of Britian today is April 2009, not April 1409.

    April 2, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. vsuade

    The only thing I detest about the Queen is her tendency to wear gloves when shaking visitors' hands. What does this really signify? That everybody else is dirty and she is clean!

    April 2, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. B.Brown

    It was a kind gestured by the Queen that was returned by Mrs. Obama. The Obamas are a great team and they are making the United States proud. Keep up the good work and maybe Americans can travel abroad again without being scorned. I love these guys!

    April 2, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. AnnMM

    So many people are so jealous of the First Couple and I LOVE IT! Accept it wingnuts we have charm, grace, intelligence and charisma in the White House for the first time in 8 years and the world is embracing it. Choke on that haters.

    April 2, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Greenville Grandma

    "Love makes the world go 'round..."
    We ought to do more of this instead of wars, hatreds, and all the negatives. Let's knock down all the invisible barriers that separate us,
    and reach out warmly to others in friendship! Wouldn't that be a nice change?

    April 2, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. JJ

    To Shoegazer:

    Funny!! You are absolutely correct.

    April 2, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. bob from canada

    come on folks you can't be seirous.......a little affection brings you a long way

    April 2, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    Hmmm. My hunch is the Queen is now accepting the fact that she is no longer the Queen of Fiji either. Iam thrilled. For hundreds of years former colonists were her majesty's servant. Now we are free. Even shoes throwers can freely express themselves. Free at last. Thank you God.

    April 2, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. katy Heys

    Of course the palace denied any improper behavior. However, I would never touch the Queen because I would be afraid that it may be seen, as it has, as a breach in diplomacy.

    Katy

    April 2, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. David

    Actually, the Queen broke protocol first. That's okay, we're tolerant folks.

    April 2, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. matt

    who cares of Mrs. Obama put her hand on her back its not like the queen of england does anything anyway except sit on her old butt

    April 2, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Veteran in Kansas

    Reading the response in the British press it would appear that the Queen initiated to touching, and that the Brisish public and the Queen are quit taken with the Obamas. So it would appear that those individuals with no knowledge of proper protocol are the only ones that are having a problem with this meeting.

    April 2, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. jim

    so get over it media.the brits love mchel and president obama.its realy refreshing to see other nations taken a liken to AMERICAN FIRST FAMILY

    April 2, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Awesome display of respect..... we can all learn from it

    April 2, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. Sabrina

    As a Canadian watching this clip, I was pleasantly surprised to see our Queen show warmth to First Lady Michelle Obama. I can't recall ever seeing the Queen do that. She must like Michelle!

    April 2, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Casey

    This sort of royal idiotic pomp and circumstance is why I'm glad we had a revolution.

    April 2, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. John

    Who cares about hoity toity old-Europe protocol?

    Only hoity toity European cultural elitists.

    April 2, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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