Michelle Obama, do not touch the queen! four centuries ago, you would have been guillotined…

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Michelle Obama, the new American first lady, committed a crime of lèse-majesté during a private meeting with Elizabeth II. “…suddenly, to the stupefaction of protocol”, says an article in Le Monde, “Michelle had the audacity to pat the queen on her back. She got a killer look from the queen. Her Majesty, who recoiled momentarily, however, showed leniency, blaming it on jetlag.” This non respect of etiquette would have been rewarded with a walk to the guillotine some four centuries ago” Le Monde.fr teases.

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