This was the scene at Buckingham Palace on the 1st ahead of the G20 Summit.
This touch at a reception later that day sparked a mild controversy.
CNN: The British media called it everything from a breach of protocol to an extraordinary show of affection from the queen.
The Times of London proclaimed it a “touching moment,” and the palace apparently agreed.
Buckingham Palace: “This was a mutual and spontaneous display of affection and appreciation between the queen and Michelle Obama”.
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