Queen Elizabeth II previously met 12 United States Presidents and today she met her 13th, President Donald Trump. Her Majesty met 10 of the 11 Presidents that took office after her 1953 coronation as well as Herbert Hoover after he was President and Harry Truman before she was Queen.
Before the meeting, the President had glowing praise for the British Monarch.
If you think of it, for so many years she has represented her country, she has really never made a mistake. You don't see, like, anything embarrassing. She is just an incredible woman."
Unfortunately the official state visit with the Ruler of the British Empire did not go smoothly. The Queen scheduled tea with the President and First Lady, Melania Trump.
But the Trumps, who did not arrive until just after 5 P.M. local time, kept Her Majesty waiting.
CNN's Max Foster: "The Queen is waiting, which you don't often see..."— Brian Stelter (@Brian Stelter)1531497336.0
Queen Elizabeth II is there. But where is the guest? Yeah, still in his helicopter, leaving the 92-year-old monarch… https://t.co/6i09sRuGpH— Patricia Treble (@Patricia Treble)1531497096.0
Oh dear, she just looked at her watch. The Queen does NOT like tardiness. https://t.co/b0GXBV9oWt— Patricia Treble (@Patricia Treble)1531497227.0
And then, after arriving nearly 12 minutes late, the Queen took the President to inspect the Queen's Guard before tea.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth walks around US President Donald Trump as they inspect the guard at Windsor Castle https://t.co/2DWfIlTeMT— RTÉ News (@RTÉ News)1531499388.0
But it didn't take long for people to notice Trump was having issues:
i know comments on trump's intelligence often veer into hyperbole but today the queen of england literally had to i… https://t.co/TSjn1M7bxk— jordan (@jordan)1531512117.0
The awkward moment Trump stands right in front of the Queen after making her wait 15 mins for his arrival #Dick… https://t.co/wmtEbFcpVr— ceraunophile🏴🇯🇲🇪🇺 (@ceraunophile🏴🇯🇲🇪🇺)1531499117.0
@bkaydw @Globalidentity @JordanUhl tbf, she did usher him forward... 'Donald, see if you can walk along this imaginary line'....— jockmac (@jockmac)1531514301.0
@JordanUhl @tonyposnanski I can only imagine the restraint she had to have not to smack him with her purse.— EmJay Fitch 🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊 (@EmJay Fitch 🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊)1531517495.0
That moment when you forget where you left the Queen of England. #TrumpVisitsUK https://t.co/imCIeOgU1f— EL4C (@EL4C)1531499960.0
@JordanUhl Baby Trump taking his first steps. (If only.) She should have just gone back inside and let him wander a… https://t.co/tRIyBHCDl9— My covfefe is like really stable (@My covfefe is like really stable)1531517940.0
@JordanUhl Our massive president can't walk, has uneven arms and the tiniest hands 👐— ᴋᴇʀʀɪ (@ᴋᴇʀʀɪ)1531517669.0
However, not everyone is amused.
The video angered people on both sides of the Atlantic.
@SimonNRicketts Wrong. Not hilarious. Atrocious. Unbuttoned jacket on top of lack of basic gentlemanly conduct no a… https://t.co/UL5sjePJAb— 4myxtc (@4myxtc)1531514108.0
@The_UnSilent_ Not surprised. Wasn't it just last year at NATO when he literally shoved another leader out of the… https://t.co/hNTNSyUUfL— Stephie (@Stephie)1531514002.0
Forget she's the Queen. She's a 92 year old woman walking on uneven ground in baking hot weather. Trump set a brisk… https://t.co/vMCabiUJuu— Peter Smith (@Peter Smith)1531502018.0
@PatCottam @mcgregormt How rude is that walking in front of an elderly lady is bad enough but it's worse because Mr… https://t.co/EOz07QqV8R— Samantha Cottam (@Samantha Cottam)1531514760.0
@mcgregormt Lol...😂 what an embarrassment! Even on a human level Trump is a hoot, blocking her Maj like that. She's… https://t.co/TnER9lB0zj— Lifting The Lid... (@Lifting The Lid...)1531514827.0
However there were many who assured the Queen knows how to handle the situation. One person pointed out that the Trump tea was rather perfunctory.
"Queen Elizabeth II" The trumps must have sipped their tea standing cause that was the shortest visit we've ever se… https://t.co/sBSb7l02Tq— LiteratureLover (@LiteratureLover)1531503751.0
Another recounted a story of when the Queen hosted the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
But one reminded us all that unlike her Majesty's guest, Queen Elizabeth II is a veteran.