President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived in Britain on Monday, June 3, for a three-day visit. The president is getting the royal treatment on his first official state visit to Britain.
The first day of the pageantry was pomp-filled and included a 41-gun salute, inspection of the Royal Guard of Honor, a private lunch with Queen Elizabeth II, and a formal state banquet in the evening.
The U.S. president and his family arrived at the London Stansted Airport, on Monday before leaving for the U.S. ambassador’s home in central London.
President Trump then traveled to Buckingham Palace where he was introduced to Queen Elizabeth II and members of the royal household.
As part of their UK visit, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited Westminster Abbey, where they laid a wreath at the grave of the Unknown Warrior.
The tomb memorializes all soldiers from World War I who died and whose bodies were not recovered.
While at the abbey, President Trump and Melania Trump signed a guestbook.
Later, President Trump and the first lady visited Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, for afternoon tea at Clarence House—the royal couple’s official residence.
The queen hosted President Trump at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace on Monday evening. Her Royal Highness hailed the “close and long-standing friendship” between the UK and the United States, praising the values of democracy and freedom that unite the two countries.
The elaborate state banquet was a family affair for the Trumps. The U.S. president’s four adult children joined him and First Lady Melania Trump at the banquet.
On Tuesday, President Trump will meet outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May for talks that will include the Chinese technology firm Huawei.
President Trump’s visit coincides with the celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
On Wednesday, the U.S. president will accompany the queen, and other heads of state to attend a memorial ceremony at Portsmouth.
Includes reporting from The Associated Press