Don’t think this will ever get published on our local Newspaper.
An embarrassing mishap happened at chancellor Angela
Merkel’s first reception of a foreign guest with
military honors: During the passing of the honor
formation, Singapore’s Prime Minister failed to halt
on the red carpet and to bow in front of the German
flag as is international protocol.
Merkel, dressed in a long dark coat, had welcomed the
guest in front of her office during clear skies and
freezing temperatures. After the two national anthems
had played, the two had begun to pass the honor
formation while walking next to each other.
In the middle of the formation Merkel halted and bowed
according to protocol in front of the flag. A short
call to the prime minister apparently went unnoticed
as the head of state simply continued to walk far
away. Only a protocol officer was finally able to stop
the guest of honor so that the two could continue the
passing of the formation.