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Oh my! Michelle touched the Queen

America's First Lady Michelle Obama briefly and lightly put her hand on Queen Elizabeth's back during her chat with the Queen at the sidelines of the G20 meet in London, a media report said. And while this may not seem like a big deal to ordinary humans, it is a violation of strict rules of royal etiquette.

world Updated: Apr 02, 2009 12:59 IST

Ameica's First Lady Michelle Obama briefly and lightly put her hand on Queen's back during her chat with the Queen on Wednesday at the sidelines of G20 meet in London, a media report said.

And while this may not seem like a big deal to ordinary humans, it is a violation of strict rules of royal etiquette, which amount to: Beyond a limp handshake, keep your hands to yourself. Such breaches of protocol have caused international kerfuffles in the past, but Michelle apparently has gotten away with it.

For the record, it should be noted that the Queen started it—she briefly put her hand on Michelle's back first. Also, the First Lady is not a subject of the Queen, and those aforementioned kerfuffles involved Australian diplomats, who can't say the same.

For her part, Queen Elizabeth did not seem all that disturbed by the touch, "though she appeared slightly surprised as she drew away," notes Time's Howard Chua-Eoan.