CNB News – US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have met the Queen on the first day of their state visit to the UK. The pair went to Buckingham Palace for a private lunch and welcome ceremony.
Mr and Mrs Trump laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier in Westminster Abbey and are due to attend a state banquet this evening.
Minutes before arriving in the UK, Mr Trump criticised the Mayor of London, with whom he has clashed in the past. He tweeted that Sadiq Khan – who had earlier said the UK should “not roll out the red carpet” for Mr Trump – was a “stone cold loser”, but the president added he was looking forward to his visit.
Mr and Mrs Trump arrived on Air Force One earlier on Monday and were taken to the US ambassador’s home in central London, where they are staying, before travelling to Buckingham Palace.
Protests are planned in several UK cities during the three-day visit, including London, Manchester, Belfast, and Birmingham.
Talks between Mr Trump and outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May will begin on Tuesday, with the pair expected to discuss climate change and Chinese technology firm Huawei.
The president’s visit coincides with the commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, which the Queen, Mr Trump and other heads of state will attend at Portsmouth on Wednesday.
Crowds were gathered outside Buckingham Palace as the president and first lady landed by helicopter shortly after midday.
The Queen presented Mr Trump with a first edition of Sir Winston Churchill’s book The Second World War, from 1959, along with a three-piece Duofold pen set in a design made exclusively for the monarch.
Mrs Trump received a specially commissioned silver box with a handcrafted enamel lid, decorated in royal blue with roses, thistles and shamrocks to represent the ceiling of Buckingham Palace’s music room.
After the private lunch, the Queen showed the couple American artefacts and other items from the Royal Collection. In a nod to the US leader’s Scottish heritage, he was shown a bolt of Harris tweed.
Mr and Mrs Trump were then taken on a tour of Westminster Abbey, where they laid a wreath at the grave of the unknown warrior. Later, they will join Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall for tea at Clarence House.