[Ed. – Don’t you miss having a president who dropped a curtsy to everyone he met, including the mayor of Tampa, who is of Japanese heritage?]
Donald Trump met Queen Elizabeth II for the first time Friday, and all eyes were on the President to see if he would follow the rules of royal protocol. There are a lot of do’s and don’ts when meeting Her Majesty, including allowing the Queen to initiate body contact and letting her take the lead when walking, and Trump seemed to struggle a bit with the latter.
His first questionable move took place within the first few seconds of meeting the Queen, when Trump walked up to greet her. He shook her hand, but did not bow. Some outlets spotted a barely perceivable bow in footage of him exiting his vehicle, but it appears more like he gave a nod. Melania Trump did not bow or curtsy.
According to the official royal website, when meeting the monarch, men should execute a “neck bow” by basically nodding their head downward, not bowing from the waist. Women do a small curtsy. However, there are a few exceptions.