LONDON — Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised for not bowing to the Queen during the state opening of Parliament.
The Labour leader failed to bow when he entered the House of Lords to hear the Queen’s speech, unlike Theresa May, the Speaker, John Bercow, and Black Rod.
You can watch the moment here:
This is already being reported as a “snub” by the Labour leader to the Queen. But was it?
A source close to Corbyn told Business Insider that “Black Rod and Speaker bow on behalf of the whole house,” suggesting that it was May who was not observing the correct protocol.
This appears to be backed up by footage from previous Queen’s speeches, where neither Corbyn nor David Cameron bowed, instead leaving it to Black Rod, the Speaker and the Serjeant-at-Arms.
The Queen’s speech contained a watered down version of the Conservative manifesto, following the party’s failure to achieve a majority in the House of Commons. Pledges to bring back grammar schools and scrap free school meals were among those dropped by the government.
The Queen herself caused controversy today after wearing an outfit resembling the EU flag.
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