Royal Elbowing
Canadian GG Touches Queen Inappropriately

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Great Scott! British tabloids are abuzz with news of the Canadian Governor-General touching the Queen’s elbow. Touching the Queen, under any circumstances, is a breach of protocol. (Unless, of course, you're Prince Philip. And even then...)

The international incident took place as the monarch and the GG were exiting Canada House in central London for Canada’s 150th celebrations. David Johnston observed that the red-carpeted stairs seemed challenging for Her Royal Highness, so he touched her elbow to help avoid a mishap. [insert collective gasp!]

Johnston reportedly told media there he was worried the Queen would trip.

The incident captured some tabloids’ attention, with the Daily Mail calling out Johnston for his faux pas in breaking royal protocol.

But online observers seemed unfazed by the misstep, which many deemed too minor to cause a scandal.

Some on social media even suggested the 91-year-old Queen should be grateful for the help.

“The man helped an elderly lady from falling,” one wrote on Twitter.

“‘Governor General acts like Canadian Gentleman’ is a better headline,” another tweeted.

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