President Trump starts Day 2 of his state visit to Britain and meets Theresa May

Donald Trump sat down with resigning Prime Minister Theresa May today and called on her to hang out & # 39; and a & # 39; substantial & # 39; trade agreement after the Brexit with the US.

The president, who criticized Mrs. May for not seeking a deal or giving his advice to sue the EU, hinted that the negotiations between the two countries would be almost completed in a few weeks.

The prime minister will stop as a Tory leader on Friday after being driven out of her own party because he didn't deliver Brexit with the & # 39; good friend & # 39; from Boris Johnson of Mr. Trump, who, according to him, did a & # 39; good job & # 39; Gove, who will meet the president later today.

When she spoke to her at a breakfast meeting in St James & # 39; Palace, the leader of the free world said this morning: & # 39; I don't know exactly what your timing is, but just hang around, let's do this deal, okay? & # 39 ;.

Despite the tensions between the couple in recent years, he added: & I greatly appreciate the relationship we have. It was excellent and I think some people know that and some people don't, but you and I know it has been a very good relationship & # 39 ;.

With the suggestion that trade negotiations go well when Britain leaves the EU, Mr. Trump said: "I think there is a possibility to increase that enormously, especially in the light of what is happening (Brexit). Make it a lot So we will work on that today, maybe tomorrow and the coming weeks, but I think we will have a very substantial trade agreement & # 39 ;.

He added: & # 39; It will be a fair deal. This is something our people want to do, your people want to do and what we want to do and we will get it done & # 39 ;.

The president will visit Downing Street while his three-day trip became political and also made clear his views on Brexit and the conservative leadership struggle as he crossed the Atlantic.

After Mr. Trump and his wife Melania spent the night at the Winfield House mansion of the American ambassador Regent & # 39; s Park, the couple boarded his Marine One this morning and headed for Westminster.

When asked about his journey so far, the president replied: "I very much appreciate the relationship we have had – it is very good & # 39 ;.

Up to 250,000 anti-Trump protesters will be in force today after organizing a & # 39; carnival of resistance & # 39; including a speech by Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, who declined the state banquet last night. There will be a march this afternoon from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square.

President Trump laughs at the start of a round-table discussion between the US and the UK at St. James's Palace at the start of Day 2 of his state visit

President Trump laughs at the start of a round-table discussion between the US and the UK at St. James's Palace at the start of Day 2 of his state visit

Theresa May addressed Mr Trump when he said he would organize a new trade agreement for Great Britain when it leaves the EU. The event was also attended by Ivanka Trump (bottom left)

Theresa May addressed Mr Trump when he said he would organize a new trade agreement for Great Britain when it leaves the EU. The event was also attended by Ivanka Trump (bottom left)

Theresa May addressed Mr Trump when he said he would organize a new trade agreement for Great Britain when it leaves the EU. The event was also attended by Ivanka Trump (bottom left)

Donald Trump's Marine One helicopter transports the president to central London after a night at Winfield House before being swept into his Buckingham Palace limousine, nicknamed & # 39; The Beast & # 39;

Donald Trump's Marine One helicopter transports the president to central London after a night at Winfield House before being swept into his Buckingham Palace limousine, nicknamed & # 39; The Beast & # 39;

Donald Trump's Marine One helicopter transports the president to central London after a night at Winfield House before being swept into his Buckingham Palace limousine, nicknamed & # 39; The Beast & # 39;

Mr. Trump's car pillar flies through The Mall to POTUS & # 39; first engagement of the day with company leaders

Donald Trump and the queen toast each other at the state banquet, welcoming the American president, as the two celebrate the upcoming D-Day anniversary

Donald Trump and the queen toast each other at the state banquet, welcoming the American president, as the two celebrate the upcoming D-Day anniversary

Donald Trump and the queen toast each other at the state banquet, welcoming the American president, as the two celebrate the upcoming D-Day anniversary

A 16ft-talking robot from US President Donald Trump, sitting on a golden toilet in Trafalgar Square, where up to 250,000 people can gather later

A 16ft-talking robot from US President Donald Trump, sitting on a golden toilet in Trafalgar Square, where up to 250,000 people can gather later

A 16ft-talking robot from US President Donald Trump, sitting on a golden toilet in Trafalgar Square, where up to 250,000 people can gather later

Mr. Trump, his daughter Ivanka and other American officials had a breakfast meeting with British affairs and political leaders, including Mrs. May at St. James's Palace meter from Buckingham Palace where the Queen had a glorious state banquet in his honor last night. threw.

The journey of the Trumps today in London

09:10: Donald Trump leaves the residence of the American ambassador of Winfield House in Regent's Park on the way to the Palace of St. James

09:40: Mr. Trump arrives at St James & # 39; s Palace and participates in a business round table

11:10: Mr. Trump and his wife Melania are leaving St James & # 39; s Palace on the way to 10 Downing Street

11:20: The Trumps arrive at 10 Downing Street and meet Prime Minister Theresa May, before Mr Trump has an extensive bilateral meeting (11:45) and working lunch (12:25)

1:45: Mr. Trump has a press conference with Mrs. May

02:25: The Trumps get a tour of the Churchill War Rooms

3:20 AM: The Trumps leave the Churchill War Rooms on their way to Winfield House. They are coming back to Winfield House 03:50

07:45: The Trumps meet the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at Winfield House before they have a pre-reciprocal dinner (8:10 am) followed by a "guest presentation" (8:20 AM), mutual dinner (8:35 am) and signing a guestbook (09:50)

Marine One went to live this morning on the grounds of Her Majesty & # 39; s London and they were taken to The Mall in his bomb-proof & # 39; Beast & # 39; limousine in the middle of a fast-moving ten-person motor circuit coming from US was shipped.

As the rally begins, the Trumps travel to Downing Street to meet Britain's departing prime minister, with up to 20,000 police officers engulfing the streets, closing roads, and closing the sky above.

There will also be an explosive press conference with Mrs. May in number 10 and a personal tour of Winston Churchill & # 39; s War Rooms under Whitehall.

After seeing where Great Britain & # 39; s prime minister contributed to leading Great Britain through World War II, gentlemen Trump and First Lady Melania return to Winfield House, where they will hold a special dinner for Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

Mrs. May favors Mr. Trump's defiance of the protocol by holding talks with Boris Johnson while the US president looks at her potential successors.

The Prime Minister will hold exciting talks with him today on Downing Street while his controversial state visit continues.

Last night, No. 10 maliciously rejected the claim that the US President had canceled a scheduled one-on-one meeting with Ms. May because of her decision to resign as Tory leader at the end of this week.

But her official spokesman confirmed that Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt – a leading contender who would succeed her – would be present at her bilateral talks with Mr. Trump on Downing Street.

During the talks, the president is expected to try to change Mrs. May into allowing access to the 5G network of the Chinese company Huawei.

But Mr. Trump said last night that he was ready to give the UK a & # 39; big trade agreement & # 39; to be offered as soon as the & # 39; the chains & # 39; of the EU. In a post on Twitter, he said the two parties & # 39; already started talking & # 39 ;.

Aides had resigned last night as the possibility that Mr. Trump would use his visit to the UK to have private conversations with Mr. Johnson and Brexit party leader Nigel Farage.

During the weekend, Mr. Trump said that Mr. Johnson & # 39; a very good job & # 39; would do as a prime minister. Downing Street blocked similar conversations during Mr. Trump's visit to the UK last summer, shortly after Mr. Johnson had stopped as Foreign Minister.

But a source from Whitehall said that with the launch being fired at the race to succeed Mrs. May as prime minister, officials were now more relaxed.

& # 39; Last summer it would have been a huge problem if he had met Boris, & # 39; said a source. & # 39; Now it might be expected. & # 39;

Jeremy Corbyn speaks today during a massive rally against Donald Trump in the midst of a war of words with the American president.

Members of the Baby Trump Balloon team set up the balloon in Parliament Square and blow up their controversial blimp in the shadow of Big Ben

Members of the Baby Trump Balloon team set up the balloon in Parliament Square and blow up their controversial blimp in the shadow of Big Ben

Members of the Baby Trump Balloon team set up the balloon in Parliament Square and blow up their controversial blimp in the shadow of Big Ben

Police are on the Mall with thousands of officers on the street for the second day of his visit, which will be dominated by conversations with Theresa May and protests close to Downing Street

Police are on the Mall with thousands of officers on the street for the second day of his visit, which will be dominated by conversations with Theresa May and protests close to Downing Street

Police are on the Mall with thousands of officers on the street for the second day of his visit, which will be dominated by conversations with Theresa May and protests close to Downing Street

The Labor leader seized a state banquet for Mr Trump and his wife Melania at Buckingham Palace last night, despite attending a similar event in honor of China & # 39; s Communist ruler, President Xi.

Instead, Mr Corbyn will address a demonstration in London today against the presence of the American head of state.

Fellow Labor prepositions Diane Abbott and Emily Thornberry are expected to participate in demonstrators flying an offensive blimp and portraying the president as an angry baby in a diaper. Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt accused Mr. Corbyn of & # 39; virtue signaling of the worst kind & # 39; of which he warned that this could harm the special relationship with the US.

Hundreds of thousands of activists say they are on their way to the capital for a demonstration that will also include a speech by Jeremy Corbyn, who declined the state banquet at Buckingham Palace last night.

Two groups coordinate protests and mayor Sadiq Khan has had instigators put out lame Mr. Trump with a 20ft baby blimp and the other as a robot on a golden toilet.

They have imposed buses to take thousands of supporters to the capital and claim that up to 250,000 people will march from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square.

But a protest outside Buckingham Palace, promising to demolish a royal banquet & # 39 ;, in honor of Mr. Trump, was a moist firecracker last night and drew only 300 supporters.

Labor Labor Secretary Emily Thornberry claimed Labor Director Jeremy Corbyn & # 39; s presence at a state banquet for the Chinese president & # 39; otherwise & # 39; was then Mr. Trump's.

She said: & # 39; If you are a good friend and they go wrong, you are more inclined to be more determined and clear with them than someone who has not been so close to a friend and someone you are trying to establish a relationship with. to build. with. & # 39;

The Labor MP said that Mr. Trump had to get up to & # 39; like the way you handle a bully & # 39; because & # 39; if you bow to them, you just get kicked harder & # 39 ;.

Thousands of activists are expected in central London when US President meets Mrs. May, although the police operation means they cannot demonstrate outside the Downing Street entrance.

But while the Prime Minister is hosting Mr. Trump, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn will prepare to address the protesters in solidarity with those he has attacked in America, around the world and in our own country.

The Labor leader, who has refused an invitation to Monday's state banquet, must join other political parties, including members of the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party.

Protests are also planned throughout Great Britain in Birmingham, Stoke, Sheffield, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Chester, Leicester, Oxford and Exeter.

The American leader said Monday that he alone & # 39; huge crowds of benefactors & # 39; and that he expected & # 39; fake news & # 39; would work hard to find protesters.

A 16ft-talking robot from Mr Trump, sitting on a golden toilet, attracts spectators on Trafalgar Square.

Don Lessem traveled from Philadelphia in the US with the robot that includes the phrase & # 39; no secrecy & # 39 ;, & # 39; you are fake news & # 39; and & # 39; I am a very stable genius & # 39; says – the audio is Mr. Trump's voice.

The robot also makes a noise as if the wind is passing, and Mr. Lessem said: "We couldn't get the fart from him (Trump) so we had to use a generic fart." He said he had the robot made in China and that he is making his debut.

Mr. Lessem said about Mr. Trump: & Well, he is a shame. I want people to realize that this does not represent America. Humor is my weapon. He is a so-called dictator. & # 39;

Mr. Lessem said that Mr. Trump likes splendor & # 39; because he is an ego man & # 39 ;.

Some anti-Brexit protesters have joined spectators waiting for the Trump blimp to fly.

Clare Barton, 48, a Fort William registrar in the Scottish Highlands, said she had joined the protests because & # 39; Trump Brexit strongly supports & # 39; and behind both Trump and Brexit an & # 39; extreme right-wing mentality & # 39; sit.

& # 39; We need to be clear about the message to stop the Brexit, stop Farage and Boris Johnson, & # 39; said Mrs. Barton, who flew with Saltire and EU flags.

& # 39; He (Trump) is not going to make concessions to the Brexit and wants to conclude trade agreements with the NHS, which we hold very high. & # 39;

Trump supporter Lewis Metcalfe, 28, from Richmond in North Yorkshire, said he took a day off to travel to London and & # 39; a disagreement & # 39; to offer.

& # 39; I'm clearly going to be a minority today. "I am not here to troll, cause a riot, or cause a disturbance," said Mr Metcalfe, who is a & # 39; Make America Great Again & # 39; cap wore.

& # 39; I disagree with all his policies. He is not the greatest president in the world, but he does get things done.

& # 39; I think it's (the protest) a bit hypocritical because you're getting hundreds of thousands of people for Donald Trump today, and yet we had miniscule, maybe hundreds of people for Xi Jinping and Mohammed Bin Salman. & # 39;

Pictured: Donald Trump represents the anthem of his country, as it was played in Buckingham Palace prior to his speech in the ballroom

Pictured: Donald Trump represents the anthem of his country, as it was played in Buckingham Palace prior to his speech in the ballroom

Pictured: Donald Trump represents the anthem of his country, as it was played in Buckingham Palace prior to his speech in the ballroom

President Trump's speech touched D-Day, the Blitz and the 70-year reign of the Queen when he made her a & # 39; great great woman & # 39; called

President Trump's speech touched D-Day, the Blitz and the 70-year reign of the Queen when he made her a & # 39; great great woman & # 39; called

President Trump's speech touched D-Day, the Blitz and the 70-year reign of the Queen when he made her a & # 39; great great woman & # 39; called

In a clear violation of the royal protocol, the president tried to stroke the queen on the shoulder as a gesture of thanks

In a clear violation of the royal protocol, the president tried to stroke the queen on the shoulder as a gesture of thanks

In a clear violation of the royal protocol, the president tried to stroke the queen on the shoulder as a gesture of thanks

The two heads of state were all smiling after exchanging warm words about the history and friendship of their two nations

The two heads of state were all smiling after exchanging warm words about the history and friendship of their two nations

The two heads of state were all smiling after exchanging warm words about the history and friendship of their two nations

More than 170 guests and dignitaries attended the white tie event at which the queen spoke from the head of the table with the president on her right

More than 170 guests and dignitaries attended the white tie event at which the queen spoke from the head of the table with the president on her right

More than 170 guests and dignitaries attended the white tie event at which the queen spoke from the head of the table with the president on her right

First Lady Melania Trump and the Prince of Wales arrive via the East Gallery in front of the State Banquet in Buckingham Palace

First Lady Melania Trump and the Prince of Wales arrive via the East Gallery in front of the State Banquet in Buckingham Palace

First Lady Melania Trump and the Prince of Wales arrive via the East Gallery in front of the State Banquet in Buckingham Palace

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Robert & # 39; Woody & # 39; Johnson, the ambassador of the United States to the United Kingdom

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Robert & # 39; Woody & # 39; Johnson, the ambassador of the United States to the United Kingdom

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Robert & # 39; Woody & # 39; Johnson, the ambassador of the United States to the United Kingdom

The Duchess of Cambridge was accompanied by the finance minister of the United States, Steven Mnuchin by the East Gallery before the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace

The Duchess of Cambridge was accompanied by the finance minister of the United States, Steven Mnuchin by the East Gallery before the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace

The Duchess of Cambridge was accompanied by the finance minister of the United States, Steven Mnuchin by the East Gallery before the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace

The daughter of the president and adviser, Ivanka Trump, state secretary for international trade, Liam Fox

The daughter of the president and adviser, Ivanka Trump, state secretary for international trade, Liam Fox

The daughter of the president and adviser, Ivanka Trump, state secretary for international trade, Liam Fox

Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May and third in line with the Prince William throne deposits the East Gallery before the state banquet

Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May and third in line with the Prince William throne deposits the East Gallery before the state banquet

Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May and third in line with the Prince William throne deposits the East Gallery before the state banquet

Princess Royal, Princess Anne, listens to Ivanka Trump & # 39; s husband Jared Kushner, who also acts as advisor to President Trump.

Princess Royal, Princess Anne, listens to Ivanka Trump & # 39; s husband Jared Kushner, who also acts as advisor to President Trump.

Princess Royal, Princess Anne, listens to Ivanka Trump & # 39; s husband Jared Kushner, who also acts as advisor to President Trump.

US President Advisor Kellyanne Conway received the Duke of Kent for the glittering bash

US President Advisor Kellyanne Conway received the Duke of Kent for the glittering bash

US President Advisor Kellyanne Conway received the Duke of Kent for the glittering bash

Last night the special relationship between Great Britain and the United States was confirmed with moving toast in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace when Donald Trump clinked glasses with the queen and patted her shoulder and her an & # 39; amazing, wonderful woman & # 39; called.

Amid the splendor and ceremony of a state banquet for 170 dignitaries and guests, the American president thanked the monarch for her & # 39; gracious hospitality & # 39; and & # 39; almost seven decades & # 39; personal friendship with the United States.

He talked about the Blitz and the bombing of Buckingham Palace, saying that in their dark hour the people of this nation have shown the world what it means to be British & # 39 ;.

He praised the queen as a & # 39; great, great woman & # 39; who recalled her home-front service during the war and said: & the bond between our nations was sealed forever in that great crusade & # 39 ;.

He said the queen embodied & the spirit of dignity, duty and patriotism that beats pride in every British heart & # 39 ;.

The 45th president of the United States has raised his glass and said: "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-held and truly remarkable government of Her Majesty, the Queen. & # 39;

Shortly before he recaptured his chair, Mr. Trump briefly appeared to violate the royal protocol by putting his hand on the queen's back in a gesture of personal thanks. Traditionally the queen should not be touched, but the president's host seemed undisturbed after his warm personal toast.

In her speech, the Queen welcomed the Trumps, celebrated the special relationship between the UK and the US, and while the Brexit was not mentioned, she emphasized how the two countries were faced with & # 39; new challenges of the 21st century & # 39 ;

Standing in her chair at the head of the huge horseshoe-shaped table, Her Majesty spoke about the D-Day landings, which took place 75 years ago on Thursday and which the President will commemorate with visits to Portsmouth and Normandy.

Her Majesty said: & # 39; On that day and many times since then, the forces of our two countries fought side by side to defend our cherished values ​​of freedom and democracy. & # 39;

She added: & We owe an immeasurable debt to the British, American, and Allied soldiers who started the liberation of Europe on June 6, 1944. & # 39;

She continued: & # 39; As we face the new challenges of the 21st century, the D Day anniversaries remind us that all our countries have achieved it together. & # 39;

Mr. Trump looked thoughtfully and attentively when Her Majesty said that international institutions, co-created by cooperation between the UK and the US, were designed to achieve a & # 39; hard won peace & # 39; to protect.

The queen also mentioned the & # 39; strong cultural ties and the shared heritage & # 39; from the US and the UK and said the two nations are bound by the strength and breadth of our economic ties.

She concluded: & Mr President, looking to the future, I am convinced that our common values ​​and shared interests will continue to unite us.

& # 39; Tonight we are celebrating an alliance that has been contributing to the security and prosperity of both our peoples for decades, and that I believe will continue to exist for many years to come. & # 39;

The queen ended by inviting the room to make a toast to the & # 39; continued friendship between our two nations, and to the health, prosperity, and happiness of the people of the United States & # 39 ;.

Here Trump is depicted with the ladies of the evening, his daughter Ivanka, right, Tiffany, left and daughter-in-law Lara Trump, far left, while his children documented their visit to Buckingham Palace on Instagram

Here Trump is depicted with the ladies of the evening, his daughter Ivanka, right, Tiffany, left and daughter-in-law Lara Trump, far left, while his children documented their visit to Buckingham Palace on Instagram

Here Trump is depicted with the ladies of the evening, his daughter Ivanka, right, Tiffany, left and daughter-in-law Lara Trump, far left, while his children documented their visit to Buckingham Palace on Instagram

All four adult children of Donald Trump attended the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on Monday evening; L-R: Donald Trump Jr., Lara Trump, Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Tiffany Trump

All four adult children of Donald Trump attended the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on Monday evening; L-R: Donald Trump Jr., Lara Trump, Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Tiffany Trump

All four adult children of Donald Trump attended the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on Monday evening; L-R: Donald Trump Jr., Lara Trump, Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Tiffany Trump

Eric Trump shared in a flash with his wife Lara prior to the event

Eric Trump shared in a flash with his wife Lara prior to the event

Don Jr. smiled in the back of a van while showing his tuxedo on the way there

Don Jr. smiled in the back of a van while showing his tuxedo on the way there

Eric Trump shared a breeze with his wife Lara for the event (left) and Don Jr. smiled in the back of a van while showing his tuxedo on the way (right)

Snap-happy Ivanka has documented her trip on Instagram

Snap-happy Ivanka has documented her trip on Instagram

She even shared a paparazzi photo of her while looking out the Buckingham Palace window

She even shared a paparazzi photo of her while looking out the Buckingham Palace window

Snap-happy Ivanka has documented her trip on Instagram

The British Queen Elizabeth II, center, poses for a photo with American President Donald Trump, left and first lady Melania Trump in front of the state banquet at Buckingham Palace in London tonight

The British Queen Elizabeth II, center, poses for a photo with American President Donald Trump, left and first lady Melania Trump in front of the state banquet at Buckingham Palace in London tonight

The British Queen Elizabeth II, center, poses for a photo with American President Donald Trump, left and first lady Melania Trump in front of the state banquet at Buckingham Palace in London tonight

The president adjusted his coat while Her Majesty searched the room before the couple sat down at the top table

The president adjusted his coat while Her Majesty searched the room before the couple sat down at the top table

The president adjusted his coat while Her Majesty searched the room before the couple sat down at the top table

The Duchess of Cambridge looked royal in a diamond and pearl tiara and diamond sapphire earrings when she arrived for the banquet

The Duchess of Cambridge looked royal in a diamond and pearl tiara and diamond sapphire earrings when she arrived for the banquet

The Duchess of Cambridge looked royal in a diamond and pearl tiara and diamond sapphire earrings when she arrived for the banquet

The dinner came after an exuberant experience that Donald Trump took to Twitter yesterday afternoon to share his joy over the royal welcome he received yesterday at the start of a three-day state visit.

An hour before last night's luxurious banquet at Buckingham Palace, after being greeted by the Queen in the morning and spending the day in a royal company, the President tweeted that & # 39; the London part of the trip is going very well & # 39 ;.

& # 39; A wonderful, wonderful woman & # 39 ;: Trumps toast completely

& # 39; Majesty, Melania and I are very honored to be your guests for this historic state visit.

& # 39; Thank you for your warm welcome, for this wonderful weather, for your courteous hospitality and for almost seven decades of Your Majesty 's friendship with the United States of America.

& # 39; This week we commemorate a mighty pursuit of just nations and one of the largest corporations in history.

& # 39; Seventy-five years ago, more than 150,000 Allied forces were preparing for this island to parachute in France, storm the beaches of Normandy and reclaim our civilization.

& # 39; As Her Majesty recalls, the British people had hoped and prayed and fought for this day for almost five years.

& # 39; When Britain stood alone during the blitz of 1940 and 1941, the Nazi war machine dropped thousands of bombs in this country and precisely in this beautiful city.

& # 39; Buckingham Palace alone was bombed on 16 different occasions. In that dark hour, the people of this nation have shown the world what it means to be British.

& # 39; They have cleared wreckage from the streets, shown the Union Jack from their shattered homes and continue to fight for victory. They just wanted the victory.

& # 39; The courage of the sons and daughters of the United Kingdom ensured that your destiny would always remain in your own hands.

& # 39; Because of all this, the royal family was the resolute face of the unwavering solidarity of the Commonwealth.

& # 39; In April 1945, a photo was given in the newspapers of the Queen Mother who visited the female section of the army and watched a young woman repair a military truck engine.

& # 39; That young mechanic was the future queen, a wonderful, wonderful woman.

& # 39; Her Majesty inspired her countrymen in that struggle to support the troops, defend her homeland and defeat the enemy at all costs.

& # 39; We also pay tribute to Prince Philip's sophisticated and courageous service in the Royal Netherlands Navy during the Second World War.

& # 39; On D-day, the beloved father of the queen, King George VI provided a moving national address.

& # 39; That day, he said, after nearly five years of toil and suffering, we need to renew that crusade impulse on which we went to war and reached the darkest hour. Our struggle is against evil and against a world where goodness and honor can be the basis of the lives of people in every country.

& # 39; Tonight we thank God for the brave sons of the United Kingdom and the United States who have defeated the Nazis and the Nazi regime and saved millions from tyranny.

& # 39; The bond between our nations was sealed forever in that great crusade.

& # 39; If we honor our shared victory and heritage, we affirm the common values ​​that will unite us long into the future – freedom, sovereignty, self-determination, the rule of law and respect for the rights given to us by almighty God.

& # 39; From the Second World War to today, Her Majesty has a permanent symbol of these invaluable traditions.

& # 39; She has embodied the spirit of dignity, duty and patriotism that beats proudly in every British heart.

& # 39; On behalf of all Americans, I offer a toast to the eternal friendship of our people, the vitality of our nations and the long-held and truly remarkable government of Her Majesty the Queen. Thank you. & # 39;

Mr. Trump added: & The queen and the entire royal family were fantastic. The relationship with the UK is very strong & # 39 ;, and he weighed back in the Brexit debate by saying that a & # 39; big trade deal & # 39; would be possible once the UK & # 39; from the shackles & # 39;

The President and Melania enjoyed afternoon tea with Prince Charles and Camilla after the Queen gave him a personal tour of historical objects in the royal collection and a host of royals gave him an extraordinary welcome.

Mr. Trump started his three-day tour to strengthen the special relationship – and to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day on Thursday – with a state banquet in honor of Buckingham Palace last night.

Shortly before 8 p.m. the president's helicopter landed outside Buckingham Palace for the lavish state dinner for which palace assistants turned the royal ballroom into a party room for three days.

Koninklijke gasten, waaronder de hertog en hertogin van Cambridge, zagen hun weg naar het paleis, met Kate die schitterde in een parel en diamanten tiara.

Gisteravond mengde de Trump-dynastie, inclusief zijn vier volwassen kinderen, zich met de koninklijke familie in het royale staatsbanket in de balzaal van Buckingham Palace met zijn zes glinsterende kroonluchters, waar de enorme wit gehulde hoefijzervormige tafel was beladen met het zilver van George IV vergulde Grand Service-dinerset.

Kleine witte place-kaarten in reliëf gemaakt met een gouden koninklijke kuif en in gouden randen waren bij elke instelling, om te laten zien waar de 170 gasten zouden gaan zitten.

De koningin, die haar eigen plaatskaart niet heeft, zat aan het hoofd van de tafel, met de Prins van Wales aan haar linkerzijde en de heer Trump aan haar rechterkant.

Deelname aan de heer Trump en First Lady Melania op de witte stropdas en tiara-evenement waren vier van de vijf kinderen van de Trump's – Ivanka Trump, met haar man Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump en zijn vrouw Lara, en Tiffany Trump.

Zestien leden van de koninklijke familie woonden het diner bij – de koningin, de prins van Wales, de hertogin van Cornwall, de hertog en hertogin van Cambridge, de hertog van York, de graaf en gravin van Wessex, de prinses-koning, vice-admiraal Sir Tim Laurence, de hertog en hertogin van Gloucester, de hertog van Kent, prins en prinses Michael van Kent en prinses Alexandra.

De hertog van Sussex, die eerder op de privélunch was, was niet aanwezig, noch was zijn vrouw tijdelijk teruggetrokken van koninklijke plichten tijdens het zwangerschapsverlof, op zoek naar hun vier weken oude zoon Archie ..

En prins Harry kwam gistermiddag de Royal Picture Gallery binnen met Ivanka Trump maar koos ervoor om aan de andere kant van de kamer te staan ​​tegenover de president van de VS en zijn vrouw Melania.

De hertogin van Sussex was eerder zeer kritisch over Trump op sociale media en beloofde de VS te verlaten als hij werd gekozen.

Nadat de president hem op de hoogte had gebracht van haar tweets in een opgenomen interview voorafgaand aan de reis, antwoordde hij dat hij 'niet wist dat ze smerig was'; voor hij later beweerde dat hij het niet had gezegd.

Prins Charles, die gistermiddag thee had bij de heer Trump, zat naast mevrouw Trump, terwijl Camilla aan de andere kant van de president stond en naast de Amerikaanse ambassadeur Woody Johnson.

William zat tussen de premier Theresa May en Johnson's vrouw Suzanne Ircha, en Kate tussen de Amerikaanse secretaris van de schatkist Steven Mnuchin en de Lord Mayor van Londen Peter Estlin.

The president's daughter and adviser, Ivanka, sat between the countess of Wessex and international trade secretary Liam Fox, while Ivanka & # 39; s husband, Mr. Kushner, a senior adviser to Mr. Trump, had Princess Royal on his right side and Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, on his left.

Voormalig president Barack Obama's Amerikaanse banket in 2011 werd besprenkeld met Hollywood-sterrenstof, met een gastenlijst met acteur Tom Hanks, actrice Helena Bonham Carter en regisseur Tim Burton. Maar de grote gelegenheid van de heer Trump was meer handel en industrie dan showbusiness.

Onder de aanwezige bedrijfsleiders waren de Zweedse voorzitter van AstraZeneca Leif Johansson, BP-voorzitter BP Helge Lund, Balfour Beatty-topman Leo Quinn, GlaxoSmithKline-baas Emma Walmsley, voorzitter van de Universal Music Group Sir Lucian Grainge en Royal Dutch Shell-topman Ben van Beurden, als en metropolitaanse politiecommissaris Cressida Dick.

Politici bij het evenement waren onder meer mevrouw May en haar man Philip, kabinetschef minister en kanselier van het hertogdom Lancaster David Lidington, bondskanselier Philip Hammond, minister van buitenlandse zaken Jeremy Hunt, minister van defensie Penny Mordaunt, de heer Fox, milieuminister Michael Gove, leider van de House of Lords Barones Evans en minister van Europa en Amerika, Sir Alan Duncan.

Drieëntwintig gedetailleerde bloemendisplays van donkerroze pioenrozen, lila-voorraden en lichtroze rozen sierden de tafels, samen met de grote kandelaar met zeven zijtakken en de uitgebreide soepterrine die ooit werd gebruikt om George IV zijn favoriete schildpadensoep te serveren.

Donald Trump dineerde op een menu met Windsor-lamsvlees en aardbeienmarter.

De eerste familie werd getrakteerd op gestoomde filet heilbot met waterkersmousse, aspergesperen en kervelsaus; gevolgd door het zadel van nieuw seizoen Windsor-lamsvlees, met kruidenvulling, lentegroenten en portsaus.

The menu was chosen from four possible alternatives presented to the Queen by royal chefs.

Preparations in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace begin as close to the event as possible – with every dish handmade from scratch.

Mr Trump is known to have a sweet tooth so likely enjoyed the pudding – strawberry sable with lemon verbena cream – made of crisp biscuits, smooth pastry cream and fresh strawberries.

Prince Charles is joking while he and Camilla are holding a private afternoon tea for the US president and his wife at Clarence House, where Trump promised to increase climate change

Prince Charles is joking while he and Camilla are holding a private afternoon tea for the US president and his wife at Clarence House, where Trump promised to increase climate change

Prince Charles is joking while he and Camilla are holding a private afternoon tea for the US president and his wife at Clarence House, where Trump promised to increase climate change

A smiling queen welcomes Donald Trump for lunch at Buckingham Palace with other elderly royal family members including her son Charles

A smiling queen welcomes Donald Trump for lunch at Buckingham Palace with other elderly royal family members including her son Charles

A smiling queen welcomes Donald Trump for lunch at Buckingham Palace with other elderly royal family members including her son Charles

Her Majesty gives the US President a big grin and was heard telling his wife Melania how nice it was to see her again

Her Majesty gives the US President a big grin and was heard telling his wife Melania how nice it was to see her again

Her Majesty gives the US President a big grin and was heard telling his wife Melania how nice it was to see her again

President Donald Trump and Prince Charles inspect the guard of honor at Buckingham Palace, performed by the grenadier guards

President Donald Trump and Prince Charles inspect the guard of honor at Buckingham Palace, performed by the grenadier guards

President Donald Trump and Prince Charles inspect the guard of honor at Buckingham Palace, performed by the grenadier guards

The Queen showed President Trump items from the royal collection including a portrait of his predecessor George Washington

The Queen showed President Trump items from the royal collection including a portrait of his predecessor George Washington

The Queen showed President Trump items from the royal collection including a portrait of his predecessor George Washington

Prince Harry attended the lunch but did not enter the room with Mr Trump or his family as they toured the palace. His wife Meghan was at home looking after their son Archie. The President called her 'nasty' after hearing of her criticism of him

Prince Harry attended the lunch but did not enter the room with Mr Trump or his family as they toured the palace. His wife Meghan was at home looking after their son Archie. The President called her 'nasty' after hearing of her criticism of him

Prince Harry attended the lunch but did not enter the room with Mr Trump or his family as they toured the palace. His wife Meghan was at home looking after their son Archie. The President called her 'nasty' after hearing of her criticism of him

Prince Andrew, Duke of York (far left) with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior during their visit to Westminster Abbey

Prince Andrew, Duke of York (far left) with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior during their visit to Westminster Abbey

Prince Andrew, Duke of York (far left) with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior during their visit to Westminster Abbey

The President and his wife laid a wreath at the grave, which belongs to an unidentified British soldier killed on a European battlefield in the First World War and is a monument to all those who have lost their lives in conflicts

The President and his wife laid a wreath at the grave, which belongs to an unidentified British soldier killed on a European battlefield in the First World War and is a monument to all those who have lost their lives in conflicts

The President and his wife laid a wreath at the grave, which belongs to an unidentified British soldier killed on a European battlefield in the First World War and is a monument to all those who have lost their lives in conflicts

Before landing yesterday morning Mr Trump had started a war-of-words with Sadiq Khan calling the London Mayor a 'stone cold loser' having made his views on Brexit, the Tory Leadership battle and his security concerns over Huawei clear as he crossed the Atlantic.

Hundreds of thousands of anti-Trump protesters have pledged to shut down London starting with a rally outside Buckingham Palace last night, although few seemed to turn out.

Yesterday afternoon Mr Trump and his wife had a private meeting with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at their London residence where Trump had pledged to tackle the topic of climate change with the heir to the throne. The Trumps visited Clarence House after placing a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey.

The Queen rolled out the red carpet for the arrival of the leader of the free world starting with a private lunch at Buckingham Palace followed by a personal tour of its art collection by the monarch herself.

As Marine One – the President's helicopter – set down on the palace lawn his visibly excited daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner peered from a window above crowds watching from The Mall.

The Prince of Wales took the President to the Queen, who grinned after Mr Trump exchanged an unusual handshake with her as he gripped her fingers – rather than holding the whole of her hand – with some claiming it looked like a casual fist-bump.

A Royal Salute of cannons was also fired in neighbouring Green Park and further away at the Tower of London on the banks of the Thames to celebrate the start of the state visit, the highest honour the Queen can bestow on a visiting world leader.

Mr Trump and his wife Melania landed at Buckingham Palace at lunchtime after flying into Stansted in the morning following an overnight flight in Air Force One from Joint Base Andrews near Washington DC.

Hundreds of thousands of anti-Trump protesters have promised to bring London to a standstill – but they have so far failed to materialise as 20,000 police officers swamped the capital.

Yesterday morning Mr Trump landed in London for his long-awaited state visit and his first act on British soil was to launch a Twitter assault on Sadiq Khan calling the London Mayor 'dumb', 'nasty' and 'a stone cold loser'.

The President hit out at Mr Khan on social media as Air Force One landed saying he has 'done a terrible job as Mayor of London' and 'should focus on crime in London, not me'.

Mr Trump had already weighed in on Brexit, the Tory leadership battle and his security concerns over Huawei as he took off from America and used his arrival in the UK to vent his fury over Mr Khan's description of him as a '21st century fascist'.

He ridiculed 5ft 6in Mr Khan for being 'short' and compared him to 6ft 5in New York counterpart Bill de Blasio saying: 'Khan reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC,e Blasio – who has also done a terrible job'.

As his jumbo jet came into Stansted, Mr Trump took to social media and said: 'Sadiq Khan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly 'nasty' to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me'.

He added: 'Khan reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now'.

The hard-left spoil the party: Hundreds of thousands of anti-Trump protesters gather in London to hear Jeremy Corbyn's tirade against the president

Anti-Donald Trump protesters are arriving in London to demonstrate against the US President with up to 250,000 people expected at a 'carnival of resistance'.

The activists are heading to the capital for a rally that will also feature a speech by Jeremy Corbyn, who snubbed last night's state banquet at Buckingham Palace.

Two groups are co-ordinating protests and Mayor Sadiq Khan has let agitators lampoon Mr Trump with a 20ft baby blimp and the other as a robot on a gold toilet.

They have laid on coaches to bring thousands of supporters to the capital, and claim up to 250,000 people will march from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square.

But a protest outside Buckingham Palace promising to 'wreck' a royal banquet in Mr Trump's honour last night was a damp squib and attracted just 300 supporters.

A shirtless protester clutching a 'Dump Trump' placard stands on a 20ft robot showing the US President on a golden toilet in Trafalgar Square today, where up to 250,000 people will gather

A shirtless protester clutching a 'Dump Trump' placard stands on a 20ft robot showing the US President on a golden toilet in Trafalgar Square today, where up to 250,000 people will gather

A shirtless protester clutching a 'Dump Trump' placard stands on a 20ft robot showing the US President on a golden toilet in Trafalgar Square today, where up to 250,000 people will gather

Mayor Sadiq Khan has agreed to let agitators lampoon Mr Trump with a robot on a gold toilet

Mayor Sadiq Khan has agreed to let agitators lampoon Mr Trump with a robot on a gold toilet

Mayor Sadiq Khan has agreed to let agitators lampoon Mr Trump with a robot on a gold toilet

Campaigners from Stand Up To Trump and Stop Trump are co-ordinating protests today

Campaigners from Stand Up To Trump and Stop Trump are co-ordinating protests today

Campaigners from Stand Up To Trump and Stop Trump are co-ordinating protests today

Today a coalition of hard-Left activists and campaigners from Stand Up To Trump and Stop Trump are preparing to paralyse part of London in protest at the visit.

Organisers said the rally could be 'the biggest demonstration in British history', despite the Iraq war protest in London in 2003 attracting more than a million people.

Scotland Yard has put areas surrounding Buckingham Palace and Downing Street on 'lockdown' – with 10,000 officers deployed in a £25 million security operation – and has asked for reinforcements from other forces for the three-day visit.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick last night said her officers will be 'firm' with those who break the law after a climate change protest in London earlier this year got out of control.

Activists have been given permission to protest today in Whitehall, just yards from Downing Street, while Mr Trump and Theresa May hold meetings with officials.

They will chant 'Donald Trump's not welcome here', to a cacophony of noise from drums, gongs and whistles.

Organisers are planning to erect a stage in the street where various anti-Trump speakers will address the crowds.

As well as Mr Corbyn, the rally will be attended by a string of Labour shadow ministers, including Emily Thornberry, Diane Abbott and Dawn Butler.

Demonstrators will be blocked from walking the entire length of Whitehall for security reasons.

It means they will have to walk a circuitous route via Embankment if they want to reach Parliament Square, where a 20ft blimp depicting the President as an angry baby will be flown.

Organisers have been given permission to fly it by the London Mayor's office and the Met Police.

A 16ft talking robot depicting Mr Trump sitting on a gold toilet, which has been shipped in from China, is also expected to make an appearance.

Protesters hold homemade placards outside Buckingham Palace last night branding Mr Trump a tyrant and the devil

Protesters hold homemade placards outside Buckingham Palace last night branding Mr Trump a tyrant and the devil

Protesters hold homemade placards outside Buckingham Palace last night branding Mr Trump a tyrant and the devil

Anti-Trump protesters gathered outside Buckingham Palace but despite a promise to 'wreck' the state banquet only around 300 people turned up

Anti-Trump protesters gathered outside Buckingham Palace but despite a promise to 'wreck' the state banquet only around 300 people turned up

Anti-Trump protesters gathered outside Buckingham Palace but despite a promise to 'wreck' the state banquet only around 300 people turned up

Today the police have closed off roads all over central London again as Trump visits St James' Palace and Downing Street

Today the police have closed off roads all over central London again as Trump visits St James' Palace and Downing Street

Today the police have closed off roads all over central London again as Trump visits St James' Palace and Downing Street

The Stop Trump group posted a map on Facebook showing where the 'self-organised blocs' will gather at Trafalgar Square

The Stop Trump group posted a map on Facebook showing where the 'self-organised blocs' will gather at Trafalgar Square

The Stop Trump group posted a map on Facebook showing where the 'self-organised blocs' will gather at Trafalgar Square

There will also be 'milkshaking', during which protesters will bombard figures of Mr Trump, Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson with milkshakes.

When and where the anti-Trump protests are today

10am-12pm: Organisers plan to fly the 20ft Trump Baby for two hours over Trafalgar Square

11am-5pm: Demonstrators gather at Trafalgar Square from 11am to declare a 'Trump-free zone' and will march to Parliament Square

Organiser Shabbir Lakha said: 'We would like this to be the biggest demonstration in British history.'

Mr Lakha added that the plan was to fill Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Embankment – 'effectively surrounding' the areas where Mr Trump will be visiting.

'We are going to be assembling in Trafalgar Square and will march down Whitehall, with a rally at the Monument to the Women of World War II next to the Cenotaph, which should be at the same time Donald Trump is in Downing Street.'

Among those taking part will be environmental activists, anti-racism campaigners and women's rights protesters.

Hundreds of teenagers involved in the recent youth strikes against climate change are also expected to attend.

A 20-foot long blimp with a cartoon baby Donald Trump flew in London during the President's last visit and is expected to appear again this week

A 20-foot long blimp with a cartoon baby Donald Trump flew in London during the President's last visit and is expected to appear again this week

A 20-foot long blimp with a cartoon baby Donald Trump flew in London during the President's last visit and is expected to appear again this week

Mr Trump's three-day state visit to Great Britain began yesterday with an argument between him and Sadiq Khan. The Mayor of London, Labor, had used a newspaper article at the weekend to accuse the president of resembling a & # 39; fascist twentieth century & # 39 ;.

Mr Trump appeared unconcerned by the protest plans, writing on Twitter last night: 'The relationship with the United Kingdom is very strong.

Jeremy Corbyn will speak at a mass rally against Mr Trump

Jeremy Corbyn will speak at a mass rally against Mr Trump

Jeremy Corbyn will speak at a mass rally against Mr Trump

'Tremendous crowds of well-wishers and people that love our country. Haven't seen any protests yet, but I'm sure the Fake News will be working hard to find them.'

Miss Dick said police were expecting fewer protesters than took to the streets for Mr Trump's visit to Britain last year, when the figure was put at close to 250,000.

She added: 'We will be pretty firm if protesters are intending to try to protest in a way which is unlawful, and very, very firm if anybody wants to do anything which might in any way endanger security.

'We take our role really seriously – on the one hand to keep safe the visiting head of state and their entourage and everybody connected with it, and of course our own Royal Family, and on the other hand in a liberal democracy like ours to ensure that if people wish to protest lawfully they can do so without crime, and do so safely.'

John Apter, chairman of the Police Federation, said: 'There are not enough officers to meet the day-to-day pressures on policing, so this on top is a huge ask.'

Inside the State Banquet: How the Queen treated President Trump – and 170 guests who were split into some VERY intriguing pairs – to dinner of Windsor lamb, strawberry sable and a £1,400 bottle of wine

Nineteen wine butlers, an army of chefs, sixteen royals and one US President: it was the perfect recipe for a State Banquet.

Queen Elizabeth II laid on the grandest of welcomes to Donald Trump and his entourage last night, the highest of honours possible for a visiting head of state.

The President led the 170 guests who were treated to a lavish feast of halibut, lamb and strawberry sable amidst the splendour of the Buckingham Palace ballroom.

As expected – although something of a first by royal standards – as well as wife Melania, the US president brought four of his five children to the banquet: Ivanka, Eric, Donald Junior and Tiffany.

Pictured: Guests stand for beginning of the State Banquet for Donald Trump in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace in central London last night

Pictured: Guests stand for beginning of the State Banquet for Donald Trump in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace in central London last night

Pictured: Guests stand for beginning of the State Banquet for Donald Trump in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace in central London last night

U.S. President Donald Trump sits with Queen Elizabeth at the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London last night as the Republican was granted the highest honour possible for the monarch to give a visiting world leader

U.S. President Donald Trump sits with Queen Elizabeth at the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London last night as the Republican was granted the highest honour possible for the monarch to give a visiting world leader

U.S. President Donald Trump sits with Queen Elizabeth at the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London last night as the Republican was granted the highest honour possible for the monarch to give a visiting world leader

Top table: The guest list for the table that hosted the Queen and Donald Trump also included top royals and US officials

Top table: The guest list for the table that hosted the Queen and Donald Trump also included top royals and US officials

Top table: The guest list for the table that hosted the Queen and Donald Trump also included top royals and US officials

Pictured: First Lady Melania Trump walks alongside Prince Charles as they enter the ballroom for the State Banquet to welcome the US President

Pictured: First Lady Melania Trump walks alongside Prince Charles as they enter the ballroom for the State Banquet to welcome the US President

Pictured: First Lady Melania Trump walks alongside Prince Charles as they enter the ballroom for the State Banquet to welcome the US President

Prince William sat alongside Theresa May at last night's State Banquet to welcome US President Donald Trump to Buckingham Palace ahead of D-Day commemorations

Prince William sat alongside Theresa May at last night's State Banquet to welcome US President Donald Trump to Buckingham Palace ahead of D-Day commemorations

Prince William sat alongside Theresa May at last night's State Banquet to welcome US President Donald Trump to Buckingham Palace ahead of D-Day commemorations

The Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace

The Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace

The Duchess of Cambridge and United States Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace

Guests take their seats for the State Banquet with Donald Trump as Buckingham Palace welcomed the US President to the ballroom last night

Guests take their seats for the State Banquet with Donald Trump as Buckingham Palace welcomed the US President to the ballroom last night

Guests take their seats for the State Banquet with Donald Trump as Buckingham Palace welcomed the US President to the ballroom last night

The US Ambassador Woody Johnson was accompanied by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at the State Banquet last night

The US Ambassador Woody Johnson was accompanied by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at the State Banquet last night

The US Ambassador Woody Johnson was accompanied by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at the State Banquet last night

Princess Anne was seated with Ivanka Trump's husband Jared Kushner

Princess Anne was seated with Ivanka Trump's husband Jared Kushner

The President's daughter Ivanka was entertained by the secretary of state for international trade, Liam Fox

The President's daughter Ivanka was entertained by the secretary of state for international trade, Liam Fox

Finding common ground: Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner were paired with International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and Princess Anne respectively

Fit for a Queen: The menu - personally chosen by Her Majesty - that was served to President Trump and the 170 guests

Fit for a Queen: The menu - personally chosen by Her Majesty - that was served to President Trump and the 170 guests

Fit for a Queen: The menu – personally chosen by Her Majesty – that was served to President Trump and the 170 guests

US National Security Advisor John Bolton (2L) arrive through the East Gallery during a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace

US National Security Advisor John Bolton (2L) arrive through the East Gallery during a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace

US National Security Advisor John Bolton (2L) arrive through the East Gallery during a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace

A steamed fillet of halibut with watercress mousse, asparagus spears and chervil sauce served as the banquet's starter, followed by a saddle of new season Windsor lamb with herb stuffing, spring vegetables and port sauce.

The dessert was a strawberry marten with lemon verbena cream – made from crispy cookies, soft pastry cream and fresh fruit.

But what the guests found to talk about between mouthfuls can only be the subject of imagination. The seating plan on the 171-place horseshoe-shaped table – at which wine including a £1,400-a-bottle Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1990 was served alongside a £34.99 Windsor Great Park 2014 for the toasts – was fascinating.

On the top table Mr Trump was sandwiched between the Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall, who has been described by US Ambassador Robert 'Woody' Johnson as 'a riot'.

Mrs Trump was placed between the Prince of Wales and the Lord Speaker, Lord Fowler, who attended despite the absence of his counterpart, Commons Speaker John Bercow.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan was also a no-show, but the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Peter Estlin, was there next to the Duchess of Cambridge.

Her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, was sat next to Prime Minister Theresa May, presumably at her last State banquet.

Here Trump is pictured with the ladies of the evening, his daughter Ivanka, right, Tiffany, left, and daughter-in-law Lara Trump, far left, as his children documented their Buckingham Palace visit on Instagram

Here Trump is pictured with the ladies of the evening, his daughter Ivanka, right, Tiffany, left, and daughter-in-law Lara Trump, far left, as his children documented their Buckingham Palace visit on Instagram

Here Trump is pictured with the ladies of the evening, his daughter Ivanka, right, Tiffany, left, and daughter-in-law Lara Trump, far left, as his children documented their Buckingham Palace visit on Instagram

All four of Donald Trump 's adult children attended the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on Monday night; L-R: Donald Trump Jr., Lara Trump, Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Tiffany Trump

All four of Donald Trump 's adult children attended the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on Monday night; L-R: Donald Trump Jr., Lara Trump, Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Tiffany Trump

All four of Donald Trump 's adult children attended the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on Monday night; L-R: Donald Trump Jr., Lara Trump, Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Tiffany Trump

Eric Trump shared a snap with his wife Lara ahead of the event

Eric Trump shared a snap with his wife Lara ahead of the event

Don Jr. smiled in the back of a van while showing his tuxedo on the way there

Don Jr. smiled in the back of a van while showing his tuxedo on the way there

Eric Trump shared a snap with his wife Lara ahead of the event (left) and Don Jr. smiled in the back of a van as he showed off his tux on the way there (right)

Snap-happy Ivanka has been documenting her trip on Instagram

Snap-happy Ivanka has been documenting her trip on Instagram

She even shared a paparazzi photo of her looking out the window of Buckingham Palace

She even shared a paparazzi photo of her looking out the window of Buckingham Palace

Snap-happy Ivanka has been documenting her trip on Instagram

Pictured: A member of the Royal staff prepares one of the tables inside the ballroom of Buckingham Palace ahead of the State Banquet for Donald Trump, which took place last night

Pictured: A member of the Royal staff prepares one of the tables inside the ballroom of Buckingham Palace ahead of the State Banquet for Donald Trump, which took place last night

Pictured: A member of the Royal staff prepares one of the tables inside the ballroom of Buckingham Palace ahead of the State Banquet for Donald Trump, which took place last night

The lavish setting was inspected by the Queen herself after staff had laid the tables in Buckingham Palace, spacing cutlery evenly apart and topping laying intricate candle holders next to place settings

The lavish setting was inspected by the Queen herself after staff had laid the tables in Buckingham Palace, spacing cutlery evenly apart and topping laying intricate candle holders next to place settings

The lavish setting was inspected by the Queen herself after staff had laid the tables in Buckingham Palace, spacing cutlery evenly apart and topping laying intricate candle holders next to place settings

Each setting was laboriously laid out ahead of Donald Trumps State Banquet in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace, where plates had to be precisely 18cm apart

Each setting was laboriously laid out ahead of Donald Trumps State Banquet in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace, where plates had to be precisely 18cm apart

Each setting was laboriously laid out ahead of Donald Trumps State Banquet in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace, where plates had to be precisely 18cm apart

Pictured: Flowers are trimmed to be laid out for the president along with about 170 guests at Buckingham Palace for Donald Trump's State Banquet

Pictured: Flowers are trimmed to be laid out for the president along with about 170 guests at Buckingham Palace for Donald Trump's State Banquet

Pictured: Flowers are trimmed to be laid out for the president along with about 170 guests at Buckingham Palace for Donald Trump's State Banquet

A bouquet is placed atop a table in Buckingham Palace's ballroom ahead of the State Banquet for US President Donald Trump last night

A bouquet is placed atop a table in Buckingham Palace's ballroom ahead of the State Banquet for US President Donald Trump last night

A bouquet is placed atop a table in Buckingham Palace's ballroom ahead of the State Banquet for US President Donald Trump last night

Pictured: A Royal staff member fixes a candle into its holder as she lays place settings ahead of the State Banquet for Donald Trump, who was honoured by the Queen last night in Buckingham Palace's ballroom

Pictured: A Royal staff member fixes a candle into its holder as she lays place settings ahead of the State Banquet for Donald Trump, who was honoured by the Queen last night in Buckingham Palace's ballroom

Pictured: A Royal staff member fixes a candle into its holder as she lays place settings ahead of the State Banquet for Donald Trump, who was honoured by the Queen last night in Buckingham Palace's ballroom

President Donald Trump gives a speech while Queen Elizabeth II listens during a state banquet at Buckingham Palace. The president spoke about the sacrifice made on D-Day by British and American soldiers

President Donald Trump gives a speech while Queen Elizabeth II listens during a state banquet at Buckingham Palace. The president spoke about the sacrifice made on D-Day by British and American soldiers

President Donald Trump gives a speech while Queen Elizabeth II listens during a state banquet at Buckingham Palace. The president spoke about the sacrifice made on D-Day by British and American soldiers

The Queen is pictured viewing a state banquet table prepared for a summer opening of the palace. She would have inspected place settings ahead of Donald Trump's visit in the same manner

The Queen is pictured viewing a state banquet table prepared for a summer opening of the palace. She would have inspected place settings ahead of Donald Trump's visit in the same manner

The Queen is pictured viewing a state banquet table prepared for a summer opening of the palace. She would have inspected place settings ahead of Donald Trump's visit in the same manner

A member of staff inspects a wine glass on the table, where place settings must be precisely the same distant apart from one another as do chairs

A member of staff inspects a wine glass on the table, where place settings must be precisely the same distant apart from one another as do chairs

A member of staff inspects a wine glass on the table, where place settings must be precisely the same distant apart from one another as do chairs

Staff members lay the state banquet table as part of a display for the Buckingham Palace revealing how the formal dinners settings appear

Staff members lay the state banquet table as part of a display for the Buckingham Palace revealing how the formal dinners settings appear

Staff members lay the state banquet table as part of a display for the Buckingham Palace revealing how the formal dinners settings appear

Pictured: The view President Trump enjoyed last night from the top table of the ballroom at Buckingham Palace, which was the setting for the President's State Banquet

Pictured: The view President Trump enjoyed last night from the top table of the ballroom at Buckingham Palace, which was the setting for the President's State Banquet

Pictured: The view President Trump enjoyed last night from the top table of the ballroom at Buckingham Palace, which was the setting for the President's State Banquet

Also sat on the top table was Baroness Hale, the first female president of the UK's Supreme Court.

Mr Trump's outspoken eldest son Donald Junior, 41, was sandwiched between Lady Bamford and Susan Hammond, wife of Chancellor Philip Hammond.

The so-called 'First Daughter' Ivanka Trump, 37, was placed between International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and the Countess of Wessex.

Tiffany Trump, 25, the president's daughter by model Marla Maples, was paired with Mark Tucker, the chairman of HSBC, and Edward Young, the Queen's private secretary and most senior aide.

Big game hunter Eric Trump, 35, had the pleasure of the company of Dame Vivian Hunt, chairman of British/American Business, and Janet Tucker, wife of the HSBC chairman.

Other guests included Princess Anne, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, the Earl of Wessex and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, as well as a slew of senior White House appointees, including National Security Advisor John Bolton and press secretary Sarah Huckerbee Sanders.

US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall enter the ballroom for the state banquet at Buckingham Palace

US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall enter the ballroom for the state banquet at Buckingham Palace

US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall enter the ballroom for the state banquet at Buckingham Palace

Another interesting pairing was made with Princess Anne, who was escorted into dinner by Jared Kushner, the husband of Ivanka and one of the president's senior advisors.

A RIGHT ROYAL GUEST LIST

Sixteen members of the royal family attended the State Banquet. They were:

The Queen

The Prince of Wales with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Andrew, Duke of York

The Earl and Countess of Wessex

The Princess Royal with Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

The Duke of Kent

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent

Princess Alexandra

The Duke of Sussex, who was previously on a private lunch, was noticeably absent, as was the Duchess of Sussex, who takes care of their four-week-old son, Archie, on maternity leave.

The state banquet saw 171 guests in the palace ballroom, eating from the Grand Service of silver gilt underneath vast floral displays of pink peonies and roses and the golden State Candelabrum.

Each place setting had six glasses – amounting to 1,026 piece of Royal Brierley Crystal – and E II R embroidered napkins, folded like Dutch bonnets.

The menu was designed to show off the best of British.

Preparations in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace begin as close to the event as possible with every dish handmade from scratch.

Mr Trump is known to have a sweet tooth, so he was likely to have enjoyed the pudding – strawberry sable with lemon verbena cream – made of crisp biscuits, smooth pastry cream and fresh strawberries.

The Queen earlier inspected the ballroom in person to make sure everything was perfect for her visitors.

Napkins were folded in the shape of a Dutch bonnet. The six glasses at each setting were for water, a champagne toast, red and white wines, a dessert wine and port. However, a teetotal Mr Trump was not expected to sample the wines on offer.

A special red velvet cushion was ready on Charles' chair to help ease his back pain.

Every place setting was 18 inches apart, with measuring sticks used to ensure precision.

Preparation began six months before the event and it took palace staff four days to lay the table.

Nineteen stations were set up around the table, each manned by four staff – a page, footman, under butler and a wine butler – who used a traffic light system to co-ordinate the serving of courses.

The event operated with military precision. It took staff one hour and 15 minutes to serve the banquet and about one hour and 30 minutes to clear away afterwards.

Did Prince Harry snub Trump by skipping State Banquet hours after scowling his way through President's visit to Buckingham Palace following 'nasty' Meghan jibe?

Prince Harry was noticeably absent from the State Banquet staged in honour of Donald Trump, in the wake of alleged comments made about his wife.

The Duke of Sussex appeared less than keen to be pictured with the President – who reportedly branded Harry's wife Meghan 'nasty' at the weekend after learning of comments she made about him while she was an actress.

Earlier in the day Harry had chaperoned Mr Trump's daughter, Ivanka, into Buckingham Palace's Picture Gallery for a display of US-themed artefacts.

But the Queen's grandson quickly disappeared into the background and did not follow other members of the Royal Family as they walked round the exhibition with the American leader and his party.

The 34-year-old's American-born wife once said she would leave the country if the 'divisive' Mr Trump was elected US president.

And speculation was rife that the prince had been angered by the comments apparently made by the president, after learning of the remarks Meghan made in 2016.

The Duke of Sussex kept his distance at the US leader was shown displays of US items from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace

The Duke of Sussex kept his distance at the US leader was shown displays of US items from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace

The Duke of Sussex kept his distance at the US leader was shown displays of US items from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace

Harry, 34, had been a last minute addition to the proceedings after aides initially suggested that neither he nor his wife would take part.

This was partly due to the recent birth of their son, Archie, and also the fact that they do not normally get involved in State visits due to their position in the royal pecking order.

Harry is now seventh in line to the throne and has only ever attended one State banquet previously.

Meghan is on maternity leave, having given birth to the couple's first son just a month ago.

But her omission would no doubt have come as a relief, with her previously describing Mr Trump as a 'misogynist' and 'divisive' in a 2016 interview when working as an actress.

She said she would consider moving permanently to Canada, where she was then living while filming the TV drama Suits, as she didn't want to live 'in that kind of world he is painting'.

But to the surprise of many, Buckingham Palace suddenly announced with little more than a week to go that Harry would now join the Queen and other dignitaries for lunch at the Palace following the Trumps' arrival by helicopter.

A spokesman declined to comment further but it appeared that pressure had been put to bear on the couple to at least show willing given the significance of the Queen's VIP guest.

Royal sources stressed last night that Harry had shaken hands with Ivanka and her husband Jared, as well as with John Bolton, the President's National Security Advisor.

They also insisted that there was no 'scripted procession' for members of the royal family to walk round and view the exhibition.

Harry chaperoned Mr Trump's daughter, Ivanka, into Buckingham Palace's Picture Gallery for a display of US-themed artefacts

Harry chaperoned Mr Trump's daughter, Ivanka, into Buckingham Palace's Picture Gallery for a display of US-themed artefacts

Harry chaperoned Mr Trump's daughter, Ivanka, into Buckingham Palace's Picture Gallery for a display of US-themed artefacts

Harry, 34, (seen in the background) had been a last minute addition to the proceedings after aides initially suggested that neither he nor his wife would take part

Harry, 34, (seen in the background) had been a last minute addition to the proceedings after aides initially suggested that neither he nor his wife would take part

Harry, 34, (seen in the background) had been a last minute addition to the proceedings after aides initially suggested that neither he nor his wife would take part

The lunch with Mr Trump, held in the Blue Drawing Room, was the least visible of the events held by Buckingham Palace yesterday.

No photographs were released and neither the guest list or even the menu were confirmed – although reporters did manage to find out that smoked salmon and a donut-style pudding with fresh fruit, in honour of the US contingent, were served.

All the guests at the lunch were expected to attend a display of artefacts from the Royal Collection, the treasure trove of art, antiques and artefacts held by the Queen on behalf of the nation, in the Picture Gallery afterwards, which is captured by the media.

Harry's appearance was notably fleeting, though.

Although he chivalrously walked Ivanka in, the prince ducked out of joining the group as they politely walked around the display.

In doing so he left the US President's daughter to be rescued by a female member of staff from the Royal household.

She quickly paired her up with the Duke of York, who could later be heard chatting to her about golf as they looked at pictures taken of royals through the ages at St Andrew's.

In the end the cameras only caught the briefest glimpse of the prince at the back of the room, with President Trump barely in shot.

Meanwhile, the rest of the royal party – including the Queen, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke of York, Duke of Kent and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester – walked off smiling towards the cameras.

At one point Harry could briefly be seen leaning back on his heels and stretching his arms as he chatted to one of the Queen's most senior courtiers, The Earl Peel, The Lord Chamberlain, before making a fairly hasty exit.

Speculation was rife that the prince had been angered by comments apparently said by the president about his wife at the weekend

Speculation was rife that the prince had been angered by comments apparently said by the president about his wife at the weekend

Speculation was rife that the prince had been angered by comments apparently said by the president about his wife at the weekend

There was no official comment from Buckingham Palace last night.

Ahead of his visit to the UK, Mr Trump called the prince's wife 'nasty' in an interview with The Sun.

When told she had made critical comments about him, the president told the newspaper: 'I didn't know that. What can I say? Ik wist niet dat ze smerig was. & # 39;

But he also praised the duchess, saying she makes a 'very good American Princess' and claiming he was glad she was part of the royal family.

& # 39; It's fun, and I'm sure she'll do great. She will be very good. I hope she does (succeed),' he said.

His critics said this was another example of his outspoken attacks on his female critics.

But Mr Trump later denied making the comment, tweeting: 'I never called Meghan Markle 'nasty'. Made up by the Fake News Media, and they got caught cold!'

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