Michelle Obama Would Hug the Queen Again, Probably – Vanity Fair

Michelle Obama Would Hug the Queen Again, Probably – Vanity Fair

Queen Elizabeth II
STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images. Would you believe that “Queen Elizabeth” is the cool, approachable name for the reigning monarch of England? In moments of proper formality, she’s actually Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her Other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith. That’s a lot of name! Imagine trying to ferret one’s way through all that pomp and prestige and the title of it all to get to the person beneath it. The Crown has made a good-faith attempt at it, but there must be a better way to understand Her Majesty than by waiting until Netflix gives us Season 3, when we learn how Charles disappoints his father this time. Michelle Obama, though, shows us another way. The former First Lady, still on the never-ending press tour for her memoir, Becoming, made a stop at London’s O2 arena on Sunday, where she recounted her first visit to the palace, in April 2009, with then-president Barack Obama. She—horrors of horrors—placed an arm around the Queen's shoulder, a clear breach of protocol, as protocol is always and forever: “Stay off the grass, no photographs ....

But it’s just the way things are. So I don’t know that I could have done anything differently because it was a natural human reaction.” Yes, cut the B.S. Be a human to another human. These formalities and special treatments may have buoyed the Queen through, like, 20 wars last century and many more Christmas addresses, but lord, she’s 92 now (and 82 then). She must be a little exhausted by all of it. There are, of course, reasons for protocol. .

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