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Michelle hugs Queen and starts new British tradition

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(Read caption) First Lady Michelle Obama and Queen Elizabeth embraced briefly yesterday and despite all the British accounts that the hug broke protocol, it was OK.

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Note to self: It's OK to hug a queen.

The embrace between Michelle Obama and Queen Elizabeth was totally appropriate. In fact, this is now the standard way to greet a queen.

Moreover, when spotting the queen it is actually preferred to run up and pick her off the ground. You can even throw her up in the air like a beach ball.

Things are so relaxed around Buckingham Palace now that anything goes. It's like South Beach.

Snippity

And because of this, the Times of London is snipping at the American media for what they call sensationalizing yesterday's embrace between the British monarch and the First Lady.

"Some of the more excitable elements of the media – particularly the Americans – suggested she may have been guilty of a breach of protocol," snips the Times.

Was it?

"Hardly," they snoot. "Buckingham Palace was very relaxed today about the incident, and attitudes there have changed significantly..."

To prove it, they even phoned 'em.

“This was a mutual and spontaneous display of affection and appreciation between The Queen and Michelle Obama,” said a Palace spokeswoman.

Shame

We're all for spontaneous displays of affection. And we agree with the Times' consternation. Those American media outlets should feel ashamed.

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