Trump cancels State visit to UK!
By Gary Marsh
June 13, 2017 8:42am CST
Donald Trump has cancelled his proposed State visit to The United Kingdom because he feels it will be marred by protests. It seems he wants to wait until the British public like him more!!! I must admit when I heard that Theresa May had invited him to visit the London I almost cringed. There is much protocol and etiquette to follow when he visits London. Firstly he must only ever shake the Queens hand and it would be appreciated if he made a slight bow although as he is not a British citizen he would not be required to bow. He must only shake her hand lightly once she has put it out to him and must never touch her anywhere for example on her shoulder or give her a kiss on the cheeks. I doubt the Queen would appreciate a high five either. On first meeting the Queen he should address her as Your Majesty, thereafter she should be referred to as Ma'am and definitely not Liz or God forbid Lizzie. He should never turn his back on the Queen and certainly not push Prince Philip out of the way so that he can take pride of place for the official photo shoot as he did with the President of Montenegro recently. I think Prince Philip would tell him a thing or two in no uncertain terms. For the state banquet I would expect that he knows how to use multiple sets of cutlery and in which order they should be used. I can imagine he has eaten in many classy restaurants however dining with HM would be a completely different thing. It is so well organised and the Queen will inspect the dining table to make sure it is just so. She takes great pride in entertaining and being in charge and will inspect the table settings closely. He should use both knife and fork and not just use a fork to eat his meal. He should not sit until the Queen has indicated that it is ok to sit down. Hopefully he won't speak with his mouth full of food or make noises chewing. Liveried footmen will step forward to remove used plates. The Queen, after so many years of practice, will let someone know when they have overstepped the mark. She does not have to say anything but the look she would give will say it all. There would be no mistaking that someone has overstepped the mark. It is one thing to hold Theresa Mays hand but this will never happen with the Queen. I should imagine he will be briefed about what he can do and what he can't. I am sure the British Embassy can provide him with an etiquette lesson on his conduct. It has been reported that he is not too keen on meeting Prince Charles who is a great conservationist and probably quite upset that Mr Trump has withdrawn the USA from the Paris climate agreement. Here is the link from Youtube showing how Mr Trump shoved the Prime minister of Montenegro out of the way to get to the front of a photo shoot!
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I am almost sorry he canceled. I would have had great pleasure in seeing Trump pushing Prince Philip and see the reaction, not to mention the nice words Prince Philips would have said in his hear. I have see the video, he really is a rough and rude "nouveau rich".
@LadyDuck that would have been a great masala for the news media for almost a week. I read that leaders from some different countries did not had a nice time, especially with regards to protocol with him. And our PM is to meet him this month end probably.
• Portland, Connecticut
Perhaps he wants to wait until the government in England sorts itself out!! It was the prime minister by the way not the president who was gently moved out of his way. The prime minister seemed quite good humored about it.
• United Kingdom
Haha see what happens when one talks about MR Trump. I don't know why I wrote president and should have typed Prime minister. I have corrected that. By the way you do know the meaning of the word Trump is over here??? It is a bottom burp!!!! There that is being very polite!
• Portland, Connecticut
@garymarsh6 Well Mr Trump is actually our president and whether or not we like him personally is irrelevant and I do get a bit tired of him being treated so disrespectfully, I respect the office. He doesn't have political experience, that is obvious but it is also why he was elected.
• United States
I was headed off to bed last night when I heard that he had decided to wait. I can't remember the wording that MSNBC gave but I laughed a bit. I don't think the British Public will be too keen to see him for quite some time. As for the proper use of cutlery? It is a bit tricky to get used to at first. I've never had to use particular cutlery, but I have had to place said cutlery in the right order when working as a banquet server. I do not think we should have gotten out of the Paris Agreement. I know Hawaii and I believe California has signed their own Paris Climate Agreement. I'm not sure if North Carolina is set to do the same, but I would certainly hope so.
• United States
@garymarsh6 I did not know, and admittedly mostly have forgotten. I only learned because of my stint as a banquet server for two chains of hotels here. There is also the napkin folding (as a banquet server) and the proper way to serve as well.