Royal visit of Elizabeth II: the governor general of Canada departs from the protocol

News 19 July, 2017
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    Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:58

    Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:58

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    LONDON – The governor general of Canada, David Johnston, has momentarily departed from the protocol surrounding the queen Elizabeth II, Monday, although no one casts doubts his good intentions.

    In a video aired by several media outlets, one can find that Mr. Johnston held the left elbow of the sovereign as british then as she slowly descends a staircase.

    This scene took place during the royal visit of Elizabeth II to Canada house, in London, in the framework of the 150th anniversary of the country. However, according to the conventions, it is strictly forbidden to touch the queen.

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    His Majesty, however, has not seemed to react to this transgression of the codes, and willingly accepted the assistance of his representative in Canada.

    Mr. Johnston was not the first to provoke reactions in the media after having touched the queen. The former first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, had surrounded the queen from her arms when taking a picture, in 2009.

    This is astronaut Julie Payette, who will replace David Johnston as the 29th governor general of Canada, this fall, the appointment was announced last week by prime minister Justin Trudeau.