Michelle Obama’s Becoming hit shelves on Tuesday and lived up to the hype, with the former First Lady crafting an autobiography that is equal parts inspiring and equal parts #realtalk. In a nutshell, Barack is great, Trump is awful, and Michelle is best friend goals. The highly anticipated book takes an intimate look into the life of the brilliant and successful Obama, including one fun story about another famous female leader. Recounting a visit with Queen Elizabeth, Michelle says the head of the Royal Family once did away with ‘rubbish’ protocol with the wave of a hand. Such a boss.
In 2016, Michelle and husband Barack Obama visited Windsor Palace and were thoroughly briefed on royal protocol. Obama writes that the royal staff “fretted endlessly” to ensure that every interaction between the Obamas and the Royal Family was perfect, working diligently to make sure “every last little thing looked right and went smoothly.”
The Obamas were scheduled to greet Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip before joining them on a journey to the Palace. “We were briefed on the protocol ahead of time: We’d greet the Royals formally before getting into their vehicle to make the short drive,” writes Obama. “I’d sit in the front next to ninety-four-year-old Prince Philip, who would drive, and Barack would sit next to the Queen in the back seat.”
Obama writes that things quickly got off track when the Queen made a sudden change of plans. “After we’d touched down in a field on the palace grounds and said our hellos, however, the Queen abruptly threw a wrench into everything by gesturing for me to join her in the back seat of the Range Rover,” writes Michelle. “I froze, trying to remember if anyone had prepared me for this scenario, whether it was more polite to go along with it or to insist that Barack take his proper seat by her side.”
Thankfully, Queen Elizabeth took note of Michelle’s hesitation and assured her that the new seating arrangement was fine. Because she’s the Queen. Who’s going to argue with her?
“The Queen immediately picked up on my hesitations and was having none of it,” writes Obama. “‘Did they give you some rule about this?’ she said, dismissing all the fuss with a wave of her hand. ‘That’s rubbish. Sit wherever you want.’”
Boom. And that’s why it’s good to be the Queen.