Outrage over 'rude' picture of the Queen and world leaders

Sarah Carty
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

A photo posted to the royal family’s Instagram account has caused outrage, with people furious at how one world leader is posing next to the Queen. 

“An official photograph of Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, NATO Secretary General and Heads of State and Government of countries who form the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation,” the caption of the snap read. 

This photo posted to the royal family’s Instagram account has caused outrage, with people furious at how one world leader is posing next to the Queen. Photo: Getty Images

However, while some of the most famous faces in the world featured in the snap, people just couldn’t look past how the President of the Czech Republic is posing.

Miloš was seated at the far right of the photo on the front row, just five seats away from Her Majesty. 

While everyone else in the official photo can either be seen with their hands on their knees or with their hands clasped in front of them, Miloš decided to cross his legs and drape his hands over them.

Miloš Zeman sat with his legs crossed and his arms draped across his legs. Photo: Getty Images

“Tell the man at the right corner that he isn't allowed to cross his legs in an official act. It's rude,” one person commented in the comment section. 

“Why’s everyone laughing about the Czech Republic President? Are they not allowed to cross their legs? I feel like I’m missing out on the joke lol,” another person asked, to which he got the reply: “No its highly rude, you’re supposed to have your hands placed on your knees.”

Others thought Miloš’ pose was ‘sensational’ while one woman said he’s exactly like one of her kids when she asks them to take a photo. 

An expert weighs in

According to etiquette coach, Emily Post, how you sit demonstrates the body language you want to give off. 

“When sitting in a formal meeting or party, men/women should sit with an erect posture and with poise,” she previously told the Economic Times. 

While many people were focused on Miloš’ pose, others just couldn’t get over the lack of females in the snap.

Miloš Zeman arrived at Buckingham Palace on December 3rd. Photo: Getty Images

“7 women out of 33... we need some more girl power here it looks like,” one person said, while another commented: “Almost 2020 and only 16% of those leaders are female…”

The Queen hosted the world leaders at Buckingham Palace to mark 70 years of Nato cooperation. 

She was joined by her son, Prince Charles and her daughter, Princess Anne, who was apparently caught in an awkward huddle of world leaders bad-mouthing Donald Trump. 

The highly embarrassing moment was caught on camera and included in the gossip session was a roll call of who's who in the world of world leaders; Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British PM Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Anne was seen also participating, in an embarrassing moment for the royal family who try to keep out of political discord as figureheads of the state.

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