Elizabeth II charmed by Michelle Obama: Why the former First Lady was able to break protocol with HM The Queen

Invited to Buckingham Palace in 2009, Michelle Obama had broken the protocol by kissing Elizabeth II. In a documentary, the journalist Ashley Pearson revealed why the former First Lady could afford this gesture.

In 2009, when her husband was president of the United States, Michelle Obama met Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. If the wife of Barack Obama had made controversy by kissing the Queen of England, the American journalist Ashley Pearson has made new revelations on the background of this meeting in the documentary Michelle Obama: Forward Motion. She said, “There was a later stage where Queen Elizabeth invited Michelle to sit in the back of her Range Rover with her. And when Michelle hesitated, the queen said, ‘Did they warn you that you can’t do that?’ And when she said, ‘Yes,’ the queen said, ‘Anything, you can sit wherever you want.'”

In the documentary, the reporter later assured, “So it seems that despite the fact that everyone in the world is freaking out about Michelle putting her arm around the queen, the queen was charmed – much more so – by Michelle Obama.” After meeting Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Michelle Obama had said she was pleasantly surprised by their warmth and kindness. In the columns of People, she said, “At the time, we were still getting used to the pomp and circumstance of the White House – and my mind could barely grasp the grandeur of Buckingham Palace. But the Queen and Prince Philip were warmer and kinder than I could have ever imagined from the briefings we received or the stories I read in the newspaper or watched on the evening news.”


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Michelle Obama has great affection for Elizabeth II

Back in April, it was following the death of Prince Philip that Barack and Michelle Obama referred to the couple’s authenticity in a statement. Referring to their first reception at Buckingham Palace, they shared: “As two Americans not used to palaces, we didn’t know what to expect. We shouldn’t have worried. The Queen and Prince Philip immediately put us at ease with their grace and generosity, turning a ceremony into something much more natural, even comfortable.”

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