Donald Trump and Melania Trump rounded off their three-day state visit to the UK this afternoon with D-Day anniversary celebrations in Portsmouth, before departing on a trip to Ireland. The US President and First Lady were greeted by the Queen, alongside Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, when they arrived on Monday at Buckingham Palace. Many have noted the informality which seems to be hallmark of this state visit, with the President and First Lady choosing not to bow or curtsey to the monarch.
While such relaxed protocol may seem unusual, it was in fact heralded by Prince Philip.
While many palace insiders admire the prince for his down-to-earth many, he also introduced a new informality in the Royal Family’s public image, too.
Amazon Prime documentary “The Queen’s Diamond decades”, which originally aired in 2012, delves into the Duke of Edinburgh’s style.
The documentary narrator Patricia Hodge relates: “As the Sixties went on, royal formalities and protocol began to ease off.
“Prince Philip led the way.”
Prince Philip paved the way for the easing off of royal formalities (Image: Getty)
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II (Image: Getty)
Prince Philip takes part in a Tommy Cooper skit in the Sixties (Image: Amazon Prime/'The Queen's Diamond Decades')
The documentary also features archive footage of a laughing Duke of Edinburgh taking part in a Tommy Cooper skit at a charity gala.
Although Prince Philip himself has not been present, as he has