Queen Elizabeth Protocol Broken as Canadian Official Takes Her Elbow

It’s protocol not to touch Queen Elizabeth, but a Canadian governor general broke it Wednesday when het took the monarch’s elbow to help guide her down the stairs.

David Johnston, who is the British queen’s representative in Canada where she is head of state, joined the likes of former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama in breaching unspoken rules of behaviour when meeting the monarch, Reuters reported.

Johnston admitted breaking royal protocol by touching the arm of Queen Elizabeth during an engagement in London, though he said the gesture was motivated by gallantry.

He took Elizabeth by the elbow as she descended red-carpeted stairs outside London’s Canada House following an event to celebrate 150 years of Canadian independence.

“I’m certainly conscious of the protocol. I was just anxious to be sure that there was no stumbling on the steps,” Johnson told Canadian broadcaster CBC news.

“It’s a little bit awkward, that…



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