Governor General breaks royal protocol by touching Queen

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Royal observers gasped as the Canadian governor general briefly broke royal protocol by touching the Queen during a royal visit to Canada House.

Governor General David Johnston gently touched the 91-year-old monarch’s elbow as she made her way down the red-carpeted steps after attending a ceremony marking Canada’s 150th birthday.

Royal etiquette suggests the Queen shouldn’t be touched by officials who meet her, although it has been broken several times, including once by Michelle Obama in 2009, the Daily Mail reports.

“I’m certainly conscious of the protocol,” Johnston told CBC News. “I was just anxious to be sure there was no stumbling on the steps. It’s a little bit awkward, that descent from Canada House to Trafalgar Square, and there was carpet that was a little slippy, and so I thought perhaps it was appropriate to breach protocol just to be sure that there was no stumble.” 

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