Why did Donald and Melania NOT bow or curtsy to the Queen during UK visit?

melania queen trumpThe Queen welcomed the Trumps on the first day of the state visit (Image: GETTY)

As Yahoo News reports, tradition would dictate Mr would bow while Mrs would curtsy. Instead, they neglected the manoeuvre and the Queen simply extended her hand for a handshake. The Trumps did not bow or curtsy on their visit last year either.

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But the explanation is simple.

The greeting is tradition but not mandatory.

Indeed, the Royal Family website says: “There are no obligatory codes of behaviour when meeting The Queen.”

But men are encouraged to “neck bow” and women are encouraged are to the “small curtsy” for visitors who wish to stick to the traditional methods.

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queen trumpPresident failed to bow for a second time (Image: GETTY)

Having been welcomed by the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at Buckingham Palace, the Trumps proceeded to attend a performance of God Save The Queen and The Star Spangled Banner, the two national anthems.

Mr and Prince Charles

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