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Donald Trump accused of breaking royal protocol by touching the queens back

With the exception of a seemingly sulking Prince Harry — whose wife, Meghan Markle, was insulted by Donald Trump in a recorded interview — and complaints that Ivanka Trump didn’t do her patriotic duty, the president’s visit to Buckingham Palace on Monday more or less went off without a hitch.

But according to media present, Trump made a royal faux pas during the state banquet, when he appeared to “lightly touch” Queen Elizabeth II’s back as she stood to give a toast, despite royal protocol dictating that the monarch should not be touched unless she initiates contact.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (3R), US President Donald Trump (L), and US First Lady Melania Trump (R) arrive inthe Music Room to pose for a photograph ahead of a State Banquet in the ballroom, at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady’s three-day State Visit to the UK. – Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOUG MILLS/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and his wife Lucia arrive to attend a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady’s three-day State Visit to the UK. – Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (2L), US President Donald Trump (L), US First Lady Melania Trump (C), and Britain’s Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (2R) and Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales arrive in the Music room to pose for a photograph ahead of a State Banquet in the ballroom, at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady’s three-day State Visit to the UK. – Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Alastair Grant / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (2R), US President Donald Trump (L), US First Lady Melania Trump (3R), Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (C) and Britain’s Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) arrive to pose for a photograph in th Music Room, ahead of a State Banquet in the ballroom, at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady’s three-day State Visit to the UK. – Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOUG MILLS/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (2R), US President Donald Trump (L), US First Lady Melania Trump (2L), Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (C) and Britain’s Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) arrive to pose for a photograph in th Music Room, ahead of a State Banquet in the ballroom, at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady’s three-day State Visit to the UK. – Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOUG MILLS/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (C), US President Donald Trump (L) and US First Lady Melania Trump pose for a photograph in the Music Room, ahead of a State Banquet in the ballroom, at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady’s three-day State Visit to the UK. – Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOUG MILLS/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (2R), US President Donald Trump (L), US First Lady Melania Trump (3R), Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (C) and Britain’s Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) arrive to pose for a photograph in th Music Room, ahead of a State Banquet in the ballroom, at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady’s three-day State Visit to the UK. – Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOUG MILLS/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (2R), US President Donald Trump (L), US First Lady Melania Trump (2L), Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (C) and Britain’s Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) arrive to pose for a photograph in th Music Room, ahead of a State Banquet in the ballroom, at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady’s three-day State Visit to the UK. – Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOUG MILLS/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (2L), US President Donald Trump (L), US First Lady Melania Trump (C), Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (2R) and Britain’s Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall pose for a photograph ahead of a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady’s three-day State Visit to the UK. – Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOUG MILLS/AFP/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 03: (L-R) U.S. President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, First Lady Melania Trump, Prince Charles Prince of Wales and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump’s three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Jeff Gilbert – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 03: Queen Elizabeth II (C),U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and First Lady Melania Trump (R) attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump’s three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Jeff Gilbert – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 03: Queen Elizabeth II (C),U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and First Lady Melania Trump (R) attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump’s three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Jeff Gilbert – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 03: Queen Elizabeth II (C),U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and First Lady Melania Trump (R) attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump’s three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Jeff Gilbert – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 03: Queen Elizabeth II (C),U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and First Lady Melania Trump (R) attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump’s three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Jeff Gilbert – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk with Queen Elizabeth II, followed by first lady Melania Trump, Prince Charles, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as they make their way into the Music Room for a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, Monday, June 3, 2019, in London. (Doug Mills/Pool Photo via AP)

Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) walks with US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin as they arrive through the East Gallery during a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady’s three-day State Visit to the UK. – Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

From left, US President Donald Trump, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, first lady Melania Trump, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall pose for the media ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. Trump is on a three-day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)

From left, US President Donald Trump, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, first lady Melania Trump, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall pose for the media ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. Trump is on a three-day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, centre poses for a photo with US President Donald Trump, left and first lady Melania Trump ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. Trump is on a three-day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)

From left, President Donald Trump, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, first lady Melania Trump, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall pose for the media ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. Trump is on a three-day state visit to Britain. (Doug Mills/Pool Photo via AP)

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May (L) walks with Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (C) followed by Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (3L) as they arrive through the East Gallery during a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady’s three-day State Visit to the UK. – Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 03: U.S. President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump’s three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski- WPA Pool/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 03: A general view of the State Banquet for U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump’s three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski- WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II hosts US President Donald Trump and the US First Lady for a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady’s three-day State Visit to the UK. – Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May (L) walks with Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge as they arrive through the East Gallery during a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady’s three-day State Visit to the UK. – Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 03: Catherine,Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin arrive through the East Gallery for a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump’s three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Victoria Jones- WPA Pool/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 03: U.S. President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II make a toast during a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump’s three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski- WPA Pool/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 03: U.S. President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump’s three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski- WPA Pool/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 03: U.S. President Donald Trump makes a speech as Queen Elizabeth II listens during a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump’s three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski- WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (R) walks with US First Lady Melania Trump as they arrive through the East Gallery during a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady’s three-day State Visit to the UK. – Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (R) makes a speech as she hosts US President Donald Trump and the US First Lady for a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady’s three-day State Visit to the UK. – Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (2R), US President Donald Trump (L), US First Lady Melania Trump (R) arrive in the Music room to pose for a photograph, ahead of a State Banquet in the ballroom, at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady’s three-day State Visit to the UK. – Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Alastair Grant / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/Getty Images)

RETRANSMITTED CORRECTING BYLINE (left to right) US President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, Melania Trump, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, during a group photo ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of US President Donald Trump’s three day state visit to the UK.

RETRANSMITTED CORRECTING BYLINE US President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II during a group photo ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of US President Donald Trump’s three day state visit to the UK.

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The Washington Examiner reports that video footage shows Trump also touching the queen’s elbow as he finished his own speech and thanked her.

The queen, however, didn’t seem visibly annoyed by the gaffe. And Trump is certainly not the first to break protocol. In 2009, Michelle Obama wrapped her arm around the monarch, who responded by embracing the then-first lady back.

In her 2018 memoir, BecomingObama wrote about the incident and the resulting criticism that she was “uncouth.”

“Forget that she sometimes wore a diamond crown and that I’d flown to London on a presidential jet; we were two tired ladies oppressed by our shoes,” Obama recalled of her time with Elizabeth during the G20. “I then did what’s instinctive to me anytime I feel connected to a new person, which is to express my feelings outwardly. I laid a hand affectionately across her shoulder.”

She continued, “I tried not to let the criticism rattle me. If I hadn’t done the proper thing at Buckingham Palace, I had at least done the human thing … I daresay the queen was okay with it, too, because when I touched her, she only pulled closer, resting a gloved hand lightly on the small of my back.”

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Kate Middleton at the state banquet

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 03: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge departs Kensington Palace to attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on day 1 of US President Donald Trump’s State Visit to the UK on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump’s three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 03: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart Kensington Palace to attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on day 1 of US President Donald Trump’s State Visit to the UK on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump’s three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

The Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of the US President’s three day state visit to the UK.

The Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of the US President’s three day state visit to the UK.

The Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of the US President’s three day state visit to the UK.

Prime Minister Theresa May and the Duke of Cambridge, followed by the Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, as they arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of the US President’s three day state visit to the UK.

The Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of the US President’s three day state visit to the UK.

The Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of the US President’s three day state visit to the UK.

Prime Minister Theresa May and the Duke of Cambridge, followed by the Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, as they arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of the US President’s three day state visit to the UK.

The Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of the US President’s three day state visit to the UK.

Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) walks with US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin as they arrive through the East Gallery during a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady’s three-day State Visit to the UK. – Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 03: Catherine,Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin arrive through the East Gallery for a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump’s three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Victoria Jones- WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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Of course, that pales in comparison to President Jimmy Carter’s 1977 faux pas, where he notoriously kissed the Queen Mother on the lips.

There’s also some debate as to whether Trump also broke protocol by clinking his glass against the queen’s after her toast. While etiquette experts cited this as inappropriate, the official Twitter account for the royal family shared a photo of the moment, suggesting that no harm was done.

Twitter, meanwhile, is having a field day. While critics say Trump “disrespected” the royal, his supporters hailed him for “not bowing down before all the other world leaders.”