There was something Houston Astros Are Coming Game Of Throne shirt. distinctly queasy about the feeling of watching the British royals fraternize with the Trump administration—as well as, um, with the entire Trump family—during Donald Trump’s state banquet Monday night at Buckingham Palace. Duty calls and all, but as Labour shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry astutely pointed out, “I don’t think that this president…deserves the honor” of a state visit, given his displays of racism and misogyny, among other objectionable behaviors. Between that and the migrant children dying in detention centers, one wonders how anyone conjured an appetite for Windsor lamb.
Perhaps as a coping tactic in the face of this uncomfortable visit (notwithstanding Britain’s own problematic colonial history, Kate Middleton should not have to talk to Steve Mnuchin in any setting), Internet theories swiftly emerged that Queen Elizabeth II was actually trolling Trump through her accessories, gift choices, and words Houston Astros Are Coming Game Of Throne shirt.First onlookers pointed to the queen’s selection of the Burmese Ruby Tiara, which, according to the Royal Exhibitions, the Burmese people believe possesses “prophylactic properties guarding the wearer not only against illness but also against evil.” Then, late-night cable show hosts seized on the fact that the 93-year-old monarch gifted Trump with a first-edition copy of The Second World War, Winston Churchill’s Nobel-winning history tome. This registered as a potential dig both because it’s a book, and Trump has been accused of not liking to read, and because it’s a book about a noted anti-fascist.Sparking further speculation were the queen’s comments at Monday night’s banquet. “As we face the new challenges of the 21st century, the anniversary of D-Day reminds us of all that our countries have achieved together,” she said of what Prime Minister Theresa May described as the “special relationship” between the U.K. and the U.S. Some wishful thinkers, like political scientist David Rothkopf, interpreted the queen’s words as “an extraordinary reproach,” saying on Twitter that she was “trolling Trump hard here, with remarks underscoring the importance of the alliances and the international institutions Trump is working so hard to undermine and dismantle.”