No offence as ex-GAA chief neglects to stay at arm's length
Published 19/05/2011 | 05:00
THE queen would not have been offended when former GAA president Nickey Brennan apparently breached protocol by gently guiding her by the arm, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said yesterday.
Mr Brennan took the monarch by the elbow, introducing her to other past presidents at the reception in Croke Park.
His hand remained on the sovereign's arm for a short period until one of the royal British protection officers politely brushed it aside.
The unwritten rules surrounding public conduct towards the queen dictate she should not be touched.
But Buckingham Palace stressed that the monarch would have seen Mr Brennan's gesture as a warm move and would not have taken offence. Asked later if he was aware of the protocol he had broken, Mr Brennan replied "No -- the first I've heard of it."
The palace spokesman said: "It was a warm gesture, no offence would have been taken. There's no problem at all. The queen thoroughly enjoyed her visit to Croke Park."