LONDON – President Donald Trump arrives in Britain fresh from a confrontation at the NATO summit that presents sharp criticism to America's closest allies, but that position is likely to wane when he tea Friday with Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.
The president and his wife Melania are not expected to make waves during the visit with the 92-year-old monarch. Elizabeth has met with all the presidents of the United States since Dwight Eisenhower with the exception of Lyndon Johnson, who never visited Great Britain while he was in office.
The imposing setting of Windsor Castle and the fact that its hostess is one of the most admired women in the world are expected to temper Trump's iconoclastic forms. There are also rules of etiquette for encounters with the queen, although they are less rigid than many believe.
The main one of them: do not be too affectionate with the queen, who does not expect to be embraced or kissed by the guests.
In a meeting like this, the label demands that Trump wait until the queen offers his hand, then shake it with courtesy and continue. The same applies to Ms. Trump.
Neither the president nor the first lady would bow or bow when they meet the queen, said Hugo Vickers, an author who has chronicled British royalty.
That would not be required of a head of state or the wife of a head of state, "he said." It would be wise not to try to kiss her, and I do not wait for a moment to do so. "
Vickers hopes that the visit Real will go smoothly despite the many controversies that revolve around Trump's visit to the UK, the queen will form an impression of the US president, but will not share it, given his inclination to save his thoughts for herself and her family. closest.
"Whatever we think of President Trump, he is the elected president of the United States and he has been invited to this country and should be treated with great courtesy," said Vickers. very courteous to him. "
There are conventions on how to address the queen.The Triumphants are expected to call her" Your Majesty "upon meeting her and then call her" Lady. "
But the queen was certainly not upset when the sudaf president Nelson Mandela called her Elizabeth. Nor did she get upset when Michelle Obama briefly circled the queen.
Elizabeth, the longest reigning monarch in British history, has been unperturbed when the unexpected occurs. It is not known to show anger in public, and the only times that most people have seen show their unbridled joy is when one of their racehorses performs extremely well in a competition.
The public generally sees it in a mode of maximum composure.  He did not complain, for example, in 1991 when the poor planning of the White House meant that only his hat was visible when he addressed a crowd in Washington along with President George HW. Bush: the height of the podium had been established for the high president, not for the diminutive monarch.
The queen is known to detest revealing clothes, so Mrs. Trump is expected to wear an elegant but conservative outfit. The president is likely to wear his traditional blue suit and tie.
Some standard rules apply: it is considered impolite to turn your back on the queen or photograph her. Even so, the days when there was an "appropriate" or "inadequate" way to hold a cup of tea disappeared in the Beatles era.
"Those days are long gone," said Joe Little, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine. . "As long as I do not drink it from the saucer." That's a kind of British, a London tradition, but it's frowned upon. "
He said the whole event will be much more relaxed than a formal banquet or lunch.
It will not be a prolonged visit, like the one in 1982 it was long enough to allow Ronald Reagan to ride a horse with the queen.
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