Queen Elizabeth Greets President Trump at Start of State Visit
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump “arrived at Buckingham Palace Monday just after noon, local time, to meet Queen Elizabeth,” Maria Puente reports in USA Today.
“The queen greeted President Trump after he ascended the palace stairs with Prince Charles at the West Terrace of Buckingham Palace. Melania walked behind with Duchess Camilla. The queen wore a big smile as she greeted the president with a handshake.”
President Trump’s three-day state visit to the U.K. is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
Trump and the queen offered toasts to enduring friendship and values between the two nations, followed by their respective national anthems.
The queen was her usual sincere but restrained self in her toast speech; Trump was much more effusive, especially about her: He called her “that great, great woman.”
“Mr President, as we look to the future, I am confident that our common values and shared interests will continue to unite us. Tonight we celebrate an alliance that has helped to ensure the safety and prosperity of both our peoples for decades, and which I believe will endure for many years to come,” she concluded.
“On behalf of all Americans, I offer a toast to the eternal friendship of our people, the vitality of our nations, and to the long, cherished and truly remarkable reign of Her Majesty the Queen,” Trump concluded.
The queen’s chefs usually lay on a sumptuous meal, with many ingredients and produce sourced from the royal estates. The guests dined on lamb, halibut with watercress mousse, strawberry sable with lemon verbena cream, assorted fresh fruits, and coffee and petit fours.
The queen also presented the Trumps with gifts, according to The Associated Press: For him, a first edition of Winston Churchill’s “The Second World War,” the World War II-era prime minister’s classic literary account of the war effort that united Britain and the United States, plus a three-piece Duofold pen set using an obsidian design that was made exclusively for the queen.
For the first lady, the queen picked a specially commissioned silver box with a handcrafted enamel lid.
Earlier, the presidential couple toured historic Westminster Abbey, where British royals are crowned, wed and buried, as the first day of the Trumps’ state visit to Britain continued Monday.
The Trumps’ visit to the Abbey also included a solemn laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, first interred in 1920 in the central aisle of the Abbey.
The presidential couple were accompanied by Prince Andrew, Duke of York, second son of Queen Elizabeth II; he will be their main escort during three days of hobnobbing with the royals during the state visit, only the third offered to an American president by the queen during her 67 years on the throne.
Next, the Trumps arrived to take tea with Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, at Clarence House, the Prince of Wales’ London home.
The Trumps arrived at Buckingham Palace Monday just after noon, local time, to meet Queen Elizabeth and be treated to the kind of royal pomp-and-ceremony the president loves receiving and the British love staging.
Kicking off Monday’s visit, the Trumps arrived by helicopter, which touched down in the gardens of the palace.
The queen greeted President Trump after he ascended the palace stairs with Prince Charles at the West Terrace of Buckingham Palace. Melania walked behind with Duchess Camilla.
The queen wore a big smile as she greeted the president with ahandshake, wearing a mint suit and matching hat. She then acknowledged Melania, and the three royals walked inside with the president and first lady.
Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family welcomed President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump with “The Star Spangled Banner.” USA TODAY
For the occasion, Trump wore a navy suit with a bright periwinkle blue tie. His wife twinned with the duchess – both wore white.
Melania Trump wore a Dolce & Gabbana knee-length skirt suit with a contrasting navy collar, belt and shoes that coordinated with her wide-brimmed boater-style hat by one of her favorite designers, Herve Pierre, according to her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham.