Did Donald Trump Break Royal Protocol During Visit to Queen Elizabeth II?

The etiquette and behavior of President Donald Trump have come under scrutiny after he met Queen Elizabeth II during his two day official visit to the U.K.

Trump, who became the 13th U.S. president the Queen has met during her 66 year reign, visited the British monarch at Windsor Castle in the English county of Berkshire following his meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May.

After making the Queen wait for around 15 minutes, social media users were also critical of Trump as he was being shown the Guard of Honor by the Queen.

After using her hands to direct him the right way, footage shows Trump turning his back on the Queen, then stopping right in front of her and cutting off her path, awkwardly forcing the 92-year-old to walk around him.

Despite only lasting a few seconds, the moment was jumped upon by Twitter users, with many questioning whether Trump actually broke royal protocol at Windsor Castle.

Many also asked whether Trump should have bowed his head when he met the Queen outside the castle.

According to Grant Harrold, the royal etiquette expert and former butler to several members of the Royal family including Prince Charles and Prince William and Harry, Trump did indeed break protocol by standing in front of the Queen.

"He should not walk in front of the Queen and he did, as they walked over to inspect the guard of honor," he told Harper's Bazaar U.K. "As we could all see, at one point the Queen completely disappeared behind him which should not have happened."

"The president should be walking over side by side with the Queen and not in front. I am sure this was not intentionally done, but it did not look very good."

Ahead of the meeting, Trump described the Queen as a "tremendous woman" during the infamous interview with the Sun newspaper he gave on the evening of his first day in the U.K.

"I think she represents her country so well," he told the British tabloid. "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."

Following his meeting with the Queen, Trump and the First Lady flew up to Scotland where they are expected to stay at Trump's Turnberry golf resort. Trump's visit to the U.K. was met with massive protests across the country, most notably in central London.

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President Donald Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II inspect a Guard of Honour, formed of the Coldstream Guards at Windsor Castle on July 13, 2018 in Windsor, England. Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images
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