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They seem to have hit it off in spite of the nutjobs freaking over the protocol breach (one does not extend one's hand to HM). I think this is my favorite photo from yesterday.Belated poisson d'avril, my dear.Paul the BB
Lovely photo, Jane. Thanks for posting it. Extending one's hand is such a natural gesture. So what? The world was already caving in before this terrible breach of royal etiquette.
I agree with Grandmere Mimi.What I've always wanted to know is why does the queen carry a handbag around in her own house? I don't carry a purse around in my house. Do the rest of you? Something about that I just don't get. Probably just my usual lack of royal etiquette.
The queen is a real dog woman, you know. She has lots of Corgis. But the first family doesn't have a dog yet. Hummmmm... I like the queen best. I think she would give me a treat.
Lindy, I once asked an Englishwoman that very question, and she was not amused. I never asked again.
If someone brings up the light touch between Michelle Obama and the Queen, just remind them of President Bush assaulting the German Prime Minister Angela Merkel with an unsolicited shoulder rub!
Honi soit qui mal y pense. HM seemed perfectly happy with the handshake.It was the meeting of two classy dames, as my mother would call them.Mimi, what question?Lindy, I've asked myself the same question about the little handbag. Perhaps for HM's lace-edged hanky.I just read that the Queen extended her arm around the First Lady in a kind of half-hug. So there. She initiated that one. Apparently they really hit it off. Good on them.
+Rowan, yes, they are dog persons in that family. They also like horses, and I know that in the buildings where the horses live there must be cats. Of course those would be barn cats, not the episcopal sort of cat, but they are clever and they speak horse as well as cat. I don't think the Queen gives them treats, though. We really must go to Buckingham Palace next time we quadriped bishops go to England. I think tea with the Queen would be much more fun than meetings with the bishops.My Jane gave me a catnip ball tonight. It is purple with silver stars and it is making me a little giddy.
It is good to see people who are pleased to be with each other.
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