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- US President Donald Trump is visiting the UK this week.
- During his three-day stay, he will meet the Queen for the second time.
- Some fear the president will slip up on the myriad of protocols that surround meeting Her Majesty.
- Speaking to ITV News last year, former royal butler Grant Harrold broke down what Trump will have to remember.
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US President Donald Trump has arrived in the UK for a controversial three-day visit.
The president was welcomed with a rude message near London’s Stansted Airport where he arrived on Air Force One on Monday morning.
Large protests are scheduled in central London against Trump on Tuesday, with a giant blimp of the president depicted in a diaper set to make a second appearance following his first trip to the UK as president last year.
On Monday, Trump arrived at Buckingham Palace where he was greeted by Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and the Queen. Later, he and his wife Melania will dine at a full state banquet with the Queen and senior members of May’s government, though several politicians are boycotting the event, including Mayor Sadiq Khan of London with whom the president has been jousting on Twitter.
Trump’s second meeting with the Queen is highly anticipated as many fear the unpredictable president could break some of the innumerable protocols that surround meeting Her Majesty.
1. You can look, but you can’t touch
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"I always say to people that with members of the Royal Family, you can look but you can’t touch." Harrold told ITV.
Trump is infamous for his over-the-top handshakes, but he will have to let Her Majesty take the lead when they greet each other, as protocol dictates that the Queen must offer her hand first for a handshake to take place.
It is also advisable that the president does not shake the 93-year-old’s hand too vigorously.
2. Let the Queen take the lead
The Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms does not follow — she leads — something Trump will have to bear in mind.
"If they’re going somewhere or having a walk around," Harrold said, "the Queen will actually walk slightly in front or alongside Mr Trump."
3. Remember how to address her
NATO entered an emergency session last year after Trump broke diplomatic protocol by reportedly calling the German leader Angela Merkel by her first name.
This won’t fly with the Queen.
"When you meet the Queen for the first time, the correct term is to say ‘Your Majesty,’ and then after that, it’s ‘Ma’am,’ as in ham, and then when you’re leaving her presence you might then repeat ‘Your Majesty’ to finish the conversation," Harrold said.
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