- President Donald Trump just wrapped up his second visit to the United Kingdom. It was his first official state visit to the country.
- Trump, first lady Melania Trump, first daughter Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law Jared Kushner met Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince Harry, and more for a lavish dinner at Buckingham Palace.
- Trump’s three-day visit is slated to include several public appearances alongside top British royalty and lawmakers, with much pomp and circumstance. Here are photos of it all.
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President Donald Trump kicked off his first state visit to the United Kingdom Monday, nearly two years after he was first invited.
The long-awaited visit began with a bang at Buckingham Palace Monday alongside Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
See the highlights from Trump’s whirlwind three days in the UK.
President Donald and first lady Melania Trump landed at Stansted Airport near London Monday morning.
The first lady sported an eye-catching Burberry blouse for her British arrival.
After landing, the Trumps traveled on the Marine One helicopter to Buckingham Palace to start the festivities.
Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, were there to greet them. Melania had changed outfits into a bespoke Dolce and Gabbana dress and matching Hervé Pierre hat.
The president accompanied Prince Charles on inspecting the Guard of Honor formed by Grenadier Guards.
Source: The Associated Press
These guards wear the iconic uniform that includes traditional bearskin hats, which Trump eyed as he walked by.
The first couple then joined Queen Elizabeth II outside the palace.
Members of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery performed a gun salute to kick off Trump’s visit and the 66th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.
Source: The Associated Press
The five leaders appeared side-by-side in front of the guard before entering the palace.
Trump notably shook hands with the queen instead of bowing, which royal rules say is acceptable. Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama did the same.
Trump met the queen last year, but it was a more informal visit at Windsor Castle, as opposed to a formal state visit.
Trump’s eldest daughter and adviser Ivanka was also spotted in tow with her husband and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, upstairs looking out the palace window.
The first couple headed inside the palace with the queen to view historical artifacts and artwork in the Royal Collection.
Source: The Washington Post
The leaders seemed to get some time to chat. They also exchanged gifts. The Queen gave the president a first edition of Churchill’s book, “The Second World War,” gave the first lady a specially commissioned silver box with a handcrafted enamel lid, and the Trumps gave her a Tiffany & Co. silver and silk poppy brooch.
Prince Harry also joined the Trumps to view items from the palace’s Royal Collection.
The president and first lady then moved on to visit Westminster Abbey, the first of several stops at major London landmarks they’re slated to make.
They paid tribute to the grave of the Unknown Warrior from World War I and wrote a message in the guest book. “Thank you so much This has been a great honor Special Place,” Trump wrote.
Trump was seen at the queen’s side again later Monday, as they led the way into the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace.
The first lady and Prince of Wales weren’t far behind.
The banquet also paired other Trump administration members with royalty. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin arrived with Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway was escorted by Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent. Behind them walked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Prince Michael of Kent.
At the dinner, the Trumps posed with the queen.
All the ladies seemed to get the memo to wear white. The men were in formal tuxes.
Trump chatted with the queen ahead of the dinner, the menu for which included halibut and lamb entrees, and assorted fruit desserts.
After reading a toast in which he said the queen embodies “the spirit of dignity, duty, and patriotism that beats proudly in every British heart,” the two raised their glasses to begin the banquet.
But Trump may have broken royal protocol when he appeared to briefly touch the queen’s back during dinner. Michelle Obama did the same thing in 2009.
All of the president’s adult children were on the trip, leading some to wonder if the Trumps were trying to position themselves as an American royal family.
Ivanka Trump posted photos of herself, her husband, and siblings Eric, Donald Jr., and Tiffany in their formal wear for the banquet:
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On his second day in the UK, the president and first lady met Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip at 10 Downing Street.
Trump and May then held a joint press conference at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, where they discussed Iran, Brexit, and potential trade policy.
Trump’s children and aides were along for the press conference and visited Winston Churchill’s legendary war rooms afterward.
Source: The New York Times
Back at 10 Downing, the leaders’ spouses enjoyed an English garden party hosted by staff from Downing Street and the US Embassy.
While some Britons welcomed Trump, protests characterized the visit, with hundreds gathering in London to show their displeasure at the US president’s policies and rhetoric.
Protesters displayed a 20-foot inflatable blimp of Trump looking like a baby at various sites throughout London during his visit.
Many of the protesters’ signs were quite creative.
Tuesday evening, the Trumps hosted Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at Winfield House, the official residence of US ambassador Woody Jonhson on Tuesday evening.
Trump toasted the roughly 60 guests with a California Chardonnay. The prince and duchess were the only members of the royal family in attendance.
The menu included a tomato and burrata salad, filet of beef, and vanilla ice cream with berries.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, and US ambassador Woody Jonhson were also in attendance.
On Wednesday, leaders from 16 nations gathered in Portsmouth, England to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in northern France during World War II.
Back row from left: Slovakia Deputy PM Richard Rasi, Poland PM Mateusz Morawiecki, Canada PM Justin Trudeau, Luxembourg PM Xavier Bettel, Norway PM Erna Solberg, Belgium PM Charles Michel, Czech Republic PM Andrej Babis, Australia PM Scott Morrison, Danish Ambassador to the UK Lars Thuesen.
Front row from left: Governor-General of New Zealand Patsy Reddy, President of France Emmanuel Macron, Britain’s PM Theresa May, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump, President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte.
Trump and the Queen sat side-by-side to watch the festivities.
There were skits, musical performances, readings, and even a fly-by from historic military aircraft.
When it was Trump’s turn to take the stage, he read an excerpt from a prayer President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave during a radio address to the nation on the evening of June 6, 1944.
An excerpt of the prayer read:
“Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavour, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.
They will need Thy blessings. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.”
When Queen Elizabeth took the stage, she said she thought the 60th anniversary celebration would be the last time the world marked the events of D-Day. “But the wartime generation — my generation — is resilient,” she said.
The Queen served in the war in the Women’s Auxilary Territorial Service as a mechanic, and reportedly learned to drive every vehicle she fixed.
World War II veterans also gathered for the event. Wednesday evening, around 300 D-Day vets will board a ship to take them across the English Channel to trace the journey they took 75 years ago.
And with that, the Trumps ended their whirlwind, 3-day state visit to the UK. Next they’re off to Ireland for a meeting with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and a visit to one of the president’s golf clubs.
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- The Queen served Trump something Americans hardly ever eat and once even caused a minor UK-US diplomatic incident
- Donald Trump served beef and vanilla ice cream for dinner with Prince Charles and Camilla, a stark contrast to the lavish banquet hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace
- Melania Trump is wearing one British-inspired outfit after another on her trip to the UK
- People think Queen Elizabeth II shaded Trump by wearing a tiara that’s a ‘symbol of protection against illness and evil’
- Trump appeared to touch the queen’s back during dinner, which is a major violation of royal protocol
- Trump reportedly forgot what he gifted the Queen last year, but Melania was there to remind him
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