Originally Posted by COUNTESS
What makes touching the queen a big deal? She is not God or anything special, except by their own made rules.
I think you completely fail to understand the Queen's point of view. By virtue of the work she does, she meets and greets all manner of people in their hundreds. She shakes hands with perfect strangers. Preserving the basic dictates of what has now be identified as "Personal Space" is not only good manners, but it is essential.
Originally Posted by Wikipeadia
Most ordinary people function on the concept of "Personal Space" and in the case of Michelle Obama, not only did she invade the Queen's personal space, she invaded her "Intimate Space". She was a complete stranger to the Queen, she had never met her nor even spoken to her, yet she had the incredibly bad manners to put her arm around her, like she was a small child or best friend. How incredibly gauche and what an incredible breech of protocol!
What the h**l was she thinking? No, the Queen is not God, nor have we "made" her one by our own rules, but she is special and as such deserves to be treated with respect and Michelle Obama breeched both etiquette and protocol. The Queen, as is her habit, smoothed the situation by returning the "favour".
Not everyone is "touchy feely", some people hug anyone, others friends and family and others hardly touch at all. Even when Sharing the Peace
in Church one needs to remember who likes a handshake and who hates to be hugged!
The BRF, like most every other royal families, have protocol. We have good manners!