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Queen’s US visit unexpected gaffes May 10, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in The Royals.

Queen delayed by short red carpet > The Queen’s first appearance in the US for 16 years was delayed, because the red carpet was 15ft too short.

Five thousand cheering well-wishers in Capital Square, Richmond, Virginia, were told via a PA system: “The Queen has landed”. But the Sun reports Her Majesty was stuck on the plane for 20 embarrassing minutes as workers struggled to join up the red carpet to the plane steps.

The problem was made worse when it was realised that the steps were too low to reach the aircraft door. A royal equerry was seen at the open hatch, looking at his watch and waving. The Duke of Edinburgh emerged, wondering what was taking so long, until members of the guard of honour sorted out the problems.

Bush winks at Queen > George Bush has raised more eyebrows after getting his dates wrong and winking at the Queen.

His slip-up came during the official welcome ceremony on the south lawn of the White House, attended by 7,000 people. The US president first aged the monarch by 200 years by starting to suggest she came to the US in 1776, reports Sky News.

“You helped our nation to celebrate its bicentennial in 17… 1976,” he said in his speech. As the crowd started laughing, he paused, turned to the Queen and winked at her. He then declared: “You gave me a look that only a mother could give a child.”

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