Its surprising how different the U.K. and the U.S. really are culturally. For lack of a better word, or maybe its the perfect word, my ignorance keeps me thinking that we are one and the same. This article is just baffling to me that traditions as such carry on.
I too find this kind of stuff baffling. One human being expressed warm familiarity with another through slight physical contact, whoop-dee-doo! It's not as if the queen was soiled by the likes of a lowly peon like me, it was the first lady of the United States.
If you ask me it must have been a dry news day. Although I bet Paolo is sipping his tea from his British flag emblazoned tea cup and is bitterly crumbling his crumpets as we speak.
Did you read the history of it? In ye' olden days, The pope deified the King/Queen, and thus they had healing powers. Those powers were transferred through touch and "healed" the ill. No one was allowed to touch royalty because the "Divine" powers would be unrightfully used. So outdated.
Hah, tea and crumpets, I bet as he's sipping his tea that the cup is shaking violently with anger.
i didn't click the linky dink..... but if an obama dared to touch queenie, then i hope it was by way of kicking the old cow in the crotch!!!
royalist i ain't.
tis true tho, that mere commoners aren't permitted to touch queenie.... other royals sure, but not queenie.
i am not sure tho if it has anything to do with the pope. since henry the eighth (the geezer with a gazillion daughter spawning wives and who burnt all the churches) the royals have been sworn 'defenders of the faith'; the faith being 'church of england' in direct opposition to the italian royals in the vatican.
but now i become distracted by which is worse:
royalty or religion? can one bag of bollocks be any worse than the other?
Just coz you don't understand it
Doesn't mean it makes no sense!
I don't think I've ever had a crumpet before. And I just found out the other day, there's an actual "crumpet" shop in downtown Seattle. That's all they sell. CRUMPETS!! How can you sell nothing but crumpets and stay in business is beyond me. But I do think I need to try them.
I think Mrs. Obama should hold her finger out close to the Queen but not touching her, and just repeat "I'm not touching you" over and over.
"Mrs. Obama clearly made an impression with the 82-year-old monarch -- so much that the smiling queen strayed from protocol and put her arm around the first lady in a rare public show of affection.
It was the first time Mrs. Obama -- who is nearly a foot taller -- had met the queen. The first lady also embraced her.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman who asked not to be identified because of palace policy said he could not remember the last time that the queen had displayed such public affection with a first lady or dignitary."