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Every Piece Of Royal Etiquette Donald Trump Will Probably Break When He Meets The Queen

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This Thursday, Donald Trump is set to land in London for his first official visit as President. Thanks to the controversy that has dogged the trip since its announcement (including - but not limited to - the bright orange Trump ‘baby’ blimp that will fly over the Houses of Parliament), the POTUS will be avoiding the capital, instead visiting Chequers, Blenheim Palace and finally Windsor Castle, where he and his wife Melania will be presented to Her Majesty the Queen. The date for this auspicious meeting? Friday 13th. What could possibly go wrong?

The answer to that is 'well, quite a lot actually.' This is not a state visit, so the meeting will be brief, perfunctory, and lacking in full-scale pomp and circumstance (there's no special banquet planned, and no Obama-style sleepover at the royal residence) but there's certainly the potential for faux pas to be made. Though the official Royal Family guidelines suggest that 'there are no obligatory codes of behaviour when meeting with the Queen,' that doesn’t exactly tell the whole story. While a vice-like handshake might be Trump’s go-to when meeting world leaders, that sort of thing won’t cut it at Windsor. When you are ‘presented’ to Her Majesty, there are a number of traditional etiquettes and formalities to juggle; as someone whose approach to diplomacy is a little erratic, at best, palace aides will surely be on high alert for a Trump slip-up.

So, what should the President bear in mind on Friday? Rather than watching back episodes of The Crown, we'd recommend that he familiarise himself with the following royal do's and don'ts. As for how many of them he manages to break? All bets are off...