British Prime Minister Theresa May landed in Saudi Arabia this week and met with senior level Saudi officials, including Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, without wearing a headscarf, rejecting the British government’s guidelines.

May and the Saudi King

May and the Saudi King Photo Credit: EPA

Earlier this week, British Prime Minister Theresa May flew to Saudi Arabia in order to strengthen her country’s ties with the Arab country. Even though the British government’s guidelines clearly advise female British officials to respect the local dress code for women by wearing a headscarf, May got off the plane with her hair showing.

According to The Telegraph, the British Foreign Office guidelines state: “Women should wear conservative, loose-fitting clothes as well as a full length cloak (abaya) and a headscarf.” However, May chose to follow in the footsteps Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama and former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who have all visited the country and met with senior level officials without wearing a headscarf.

Prior to leaving Britain for Jordan, where she met with officials before departing for Saudi Arabia, she talked to local reporters. “We are concerned about the humanitarian situation,” she told the BBC. “That’s why the UK last year was the fourth largest donor to the Yemen in terms of humanitarian aid.”