May 26th, 2011

Obama Makes Etiquette Blunder As He Toasts the Queen

by Jacqueline Whitmore

President Obama’s inexperience with royalty played out on the international stage on Tuesday as he made a breach of royalty protocol during the State Dinner at Buckingham Palace. Notice as he continues to toast Queen Elizabeth II as “God Save the Queen” (England’s National Anthem) plays in the background. To make matters worst, he forgets to drink after making his toast.

Royal Etiquette & Protocol Tips:
1. Do not pick up your glass before the Queen.
2. Do not talk over the orchestra.
3. Do not talk over the orchestra when playing “God Save the Queen,” (National Anthem).
4. The person who proposes the toast should drink. The person being toasted should not drink to himself or herself.

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4 Responses to “Obama Makes Etiquette Blunder As He Toasts the Queen”

  1. Niamh O'Leary on May 27th, 2011 12:48 am

    After seeing that clip I really felt sorry for the President. Perhaps he might have gotten away with it if he hadn’t raised his glass. President Obama and Mrs Obama visited Ireland before they went across the water to our nearest neighbours. They are a very touchy feeliy type of couple and even though it was not a state visit, they went down a bomb here because of this. Our president is very much that way too but she had to contain her excitement when the Queen visited here (for the first time since the last royal visit in 1911) and remember not to touch the Queen.

    My thoughts are, that the Queen is born into royal protocol, handed down by birth, whereas Our President and the American President come from very ordinary backgrounds and find it uncomfortable not to be their natural selves! and sometimes forget to be aware of their opposite Heads of State.

  2. Lydia Ramsey on May 27th, 2011 5:33 pm

    There is no excuse for the President of the United States not knowing and practicing proper protocol. He has staff that needs to be coaching him all along the way. It is his responsibility to seek and to follow protocol wherever he is in the world. This is not his first international faux pas, but it ought to be his last.

  3. Jacqueline Whitmore on May 27th, 2011 8:26 pm

    To make matters worse, the President made light of the incident, telling British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Wednesday, “I thought that it was like, it was like out of the movies when the soundtrack kinda comes in.” Did he not know that he was speaking over Britain’s National Anthem?

  4. Patrick James McKenna on June 5th, 2011 8:05 am

    I hope that our British friends were amused.
    It is my sincere hope that the people of Great Britain understand that Barack Obama is the worst President in the history of the United States of America. He’s even a bigger source of embarrassment than Jimmy Carter.
    In 2012, we will replace that buffoon and elect a real leader who will reestablish the mutual respect between the UK and the USA.
    Until then, I would gladly trade leaders: that President for HM Queen Elizabeth II. She has always been a better friend of America than Obama ever was.

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