The moment sparked a flurry of commentary on social media as fans and royal experts alike offered up theories on what might have been said between the women.
But now a reporter present at the event has revealed Princess Anne was simply saying to her mother ‘it’s only me’ after the Queen turned to check which leader was next in line for the royal welcome.
The Queen, 93, was filmed gesturing to her daughter, 69, as she welcomed Donald and Melania Trump to the NATO reception – prompting the Princess Royal to shrug in response. A reporter has revealed Princess Anne was simply telling her mother: ‘It’s just me’
The details come from Laura Elston of the Press Association, via a Twitter thread by The Times journalist Valentine Low.
Mr Low explained: ‘OK, here goes… Princess Anne: the truth. No, she didn’t snub the Trumps. And she wasn’t told off by the Queen.
‘Instead the Queen, after greeting the Donald (and the Melania), turned to Anne to see who was next. But there wasn’t anyone waiting: Trump was the last leader to be received by the Queen.
‘Anne raised her hands in the air, laughed and said: “It’s just me,” adding a moment later “and this lot” as she pointed to the members of the household behind her.
The Queen was joined by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in welcoming President and Mrs Trump to Buckingham Palace for the NATO summit reception last night
The well-rehearsed greeting saw the Trumps greet the Queen before moving down the line to Prince Charles and his wife, while Princess Anne stood in the doorway
The Queen turned to gesture to her daughter. A body language expert has revealed Princess Anne was simply saying to her mother ‘it’s only me’ after the Queen turned to check which leader was next in line for the royal welcome
The Trumps spoke to the Queen, Charles and Camilla before making their way inside
‘This excellent bit of sleuthing comes from the very wonderful Laura Elston of the Press Association, who is as impartial a witness as you could hope for.’
The video in question shows Princess Anne standing back as the Queen, Prince Charles, 70, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 71, formally welcomed President and Mrs Trump, as well as other NATO leaders and their partners, to the palace.
Princess Anne and the Duchess of Cambridge attended the event but were not part of the official line-up.
Prince William, currently visiting Oman and Kuwait, did not attend the event.
The Queen is pictured alongside First Lady Melania Trump at Buckingham Palace for the 70th anniversary of NATO last night
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Her Majesty was seen surrounded by world leaders and their partners at her reception for NATO at Buckingham Palace last night
Kate Middleton (above) looked stunning this evening as she wore a green dress and wore her hair in loose waves at the reception
The Princess Royal talked to guests during a reception this evening and laughed during the talks as the party carried on around her
The First Lady was wearing a yellow £4,700 Valentino coat to keep the British cold at bay teamed with fuchsia heels, while the president opted for a dark blue suit, white shirt and blue tie.
Camilla cut an elegant figure in a red dress and black blazer with Prince Charles wearing a navy pin stripe suit.
Other world leaders at Buckingham Palace at the reception included Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was also in attendance and was pictured wearing a pair of navy socks with reindeer on them and brown shoes.