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 (@brianstelter) July 13, 2018
Queen Elizabeth II is there. But where is the guest? Yeah, still in his helicopter, leaving the 92-year-old monarch to wait, and wait. pic.twitter.com/JBsrXAyunj
— Patricia Treble (@PatriciaTreble) July 13, 2018
Oh dear, she just looked at her watch. The Queen does NOT like tardiness. pic.twitter.com/b0GXBV9oWt
— Patricia Treble (@PatriciaTreble) July 13, 2018
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 pic.twitter.com/2DWfIlTeMT
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) July 13, 2018
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 instruct trump on how to walk properlypic.twitter.com/ECRGmXQoQG
— jordan (@JordanUhl) July 13, 2018
This is hilarious. The Queen acting like she’s training one of her dogs as Trump struggles to master the art of walking. pic.twitter.com/M7tNwJFlOX
— SimonNRicketts (@SimonNRicketts) July 13, 2018
— ceraunophile (@ceraunophil3) July 13, 2018
tbf, she did usher him forward…
‘Donald, see if you can walk along this imaginary line’….
— jockmac (@jockmac) July 13, 2018
I can only imagine the restraint she had to have not to smack him with her purse.
— EmJay Fitch 🌊 (@EmJayFitch) July 13, 2018
Trump can’t walk straight
— Colby Resists (@colbster) July 13, 2018
— EL4C (@EL4JC) July 13, 2018
Baby Trump taking his first steps. (If only.) She should have just gone back inside and let him wander around for a while. (“Miss Meloonia, I trust you can get him back to the limo…”)
— My covfefe is like really stable (@Gildersneeze) July 13, 2018
Our massive president can’t walk, has uneven arms and the tiniest hands 👐
— Kerri (@irrekset) July 13, 2018
However, not everyone is amused.
The video angered people on both sides of the Atlantic.
Wrong. Not hilarious. Atrocious. Unbuttoned jacket on top of lack of basic gentlemanly conduct no adherance to military let alone royal protocol. Should be neutered and sent to obediance training. Seems to lack ability to turn his head without total body swivel? Why??
— Roz (@4myxtc) July 13, 2018
I’m a republican but Trump has made me feel sorry for the Queen. It is reprehensible to be so dismissive of a woman in her nineties. Keeping her waiting and striding ahead in front of her — what a fat head. pic.twitter.com/d2FIGkmTwU
— Mic Wright (@brokenbottleboy) July 13, 2018
Wasn’t it just last year at NATO when he literally shoved another leader out of the way? And doesn’t he routinely walk out ahead of Melania?
Why would the queen be any different?#NationalEmbarrassment
— Stephie🎇🕉👳♂️✡🎎☮ (@Steph_120902) July 13, 2018
I’m not a monarchist by any stretch of the imagination but this is such an insult to Britain. Absolutely clueless, classless, thoughtless, lacking in any dignity and without a shred of respect. pic.twitter.com/RBFXe4yZ9H
— Matthew McGregor (@mcgregormt) July 13, 2018
— Janine Gibson (@janinegibson) July 13, 2018
Forget she’s the Queen. She’s a 92 year old woman walking on uneven ground in baking hot weather. Trump set a brisk pace without checking on her welfare. An utter self obsessed twat. https://t.co/FXyNAHzrrY
— Peter Smith (@Redpeter99) July 13, 2018
How rude is that walking in front of an elderly lady is bad enough but it’s worse because Mr President you have insulted our queen shame on you
— Samantha Cottam (@Cdebess0711) July 13, 2018
Lol…😂 what an embarrassment! Even on a human level Trump is a hoot, blocking her Maj like that. She’s 90+ years old ffs & probably up at the crack for a fuckwit like him. It’s like your Granny being shoved out of the way….if he’s so keen on CIVILITY start by showing some.
— TrumpistanRefugee… (@ChairmanBoab) July 13, 2018
Trump simply has no idea how to behave around women of equal or higher status to him. He can’t grab the Queen’s hand and diminish her like T May. So reverts to being a graceless dick. https://t.co/90MpfcLMNd
— Janice Turner (@VictoriaPeckham) July 13, 2018
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 seen. What the Obama merited. What the trumps yearn. pic.twitter.com/uazt4kURVq
— coop (@coople) July 13, 2018
Another recounted a story of when the Queen hosted the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
Years ago, the Queen hosted the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Women were not allowed to drive in Saudi.
The Queen, a WWII vet, got in the driver’s seat, and took him on a death defying drive while he begged her to slow down.
Which is to say that she knows how to deal with Trump
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) July 13, 2018
But one reminded us all that unlike her Majesty’s guest, Queen Elizabeth II is a veteran.
As Queen Elizabeth is obliged to have tea with Donald Trump, who is busily working to subvert the alliances established after WWII, let us recall that she is the last surviving head of state who served in uniform during that war. https://t.co/5CZ6Ra9Wyp pic.twitter.com/Igl9Io33UK
— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) July 13, 2018