New reports have revealed that Queen Elizabeth brutally snubbed Barack and Michelle Obama during their time in the White House in a humiliating way for the former president and first lady.
The U.K. Express reported that when Prince William married Kate Middleton back in 2011, over 1,900 people were invited to attend, including celebrities like Elton John, David Cameron, and David Beckham. The Queen personally invited forty heads of state to the wedding with gold-embossed invitations, but two people who did not receive this invite were Barack and Michelle.
To make up for this snub from the Queen, the British government set up a state visit for the Obamas the month after the wedding, marking the first time such a visit from an American president would take place since 2002. It is believed that the added security cost of protecting Barack is partly what led to the Queen leaving them off the guest list, but nobody knows her reasoning for sure.
Leaders from Australia, Canada and New Zealand were all invited, as were the kings and queens of European nations like Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Greece. Millions of people from all over the globe then tuned in to watch the wedding on television, making it the event of the year in the eyes of many.
For Barack and Michelle, the snub must have been devastating, as it is known that they very much valued meeting the Queen and the royal family. In her memoir “Becoming,” Michelle recounted how she broke protocol during her first meeting with the Queen by touching her back.
“I then did what’s instinctive to me anytime I feel connected to a new person, which is to express my feelings outwardly. I laid a hand affectionately across her shoulder,” Michelle wrote, according to The Huffington Post. “I daresay that the Queen was okay with it, too, because when I touched her, she only pulled closer, resting a gloved hand lightly on the small of my back.”
“What is true among world leaders is that there are people who handle protocol, and usually the people they’re representing don’t want all that protocol,” Michelle later added of the controversial moment. “So you wonder, Well, who are you doing this for? Because they don’t want it, we don’t want it. 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.”
This piece was written by Daniel M on April 12, 2020. It originally appeared in Objectivist.co and is used by permission.
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