<pre><pre>ROBERT HARDMAN about Trump's visit: deafening cannons - and a faux pas at the royal gallery

A smiling queen welcomes Donald Trump for lunch at Buckingham Palace with other prominent members of the royal family, including her son Charles and grandson Harry

Determined not to misplace the queen, Donald Trump parked his giant helicopter on the lawn of the palace yesterday and arrived at his best behavior.

He even thanked the frost for the weather. It all went so well ….

But even the best-behaved guests can have the strange moment of forgetfulness. Introduced in a fine tin equestrian statue by the queen, the president drew a blank. Whereupon the First Lady, Melania Trump, gently reminded him that he had given it to the queen herself last year.

At that moment there was laughter led by the prince. The queen was very amused when Mr. Trump threw up his arms in joking desperation.

Perhaps the mood was ugly in the streets outside. Protesters were heard from the palace last night and the Trumps had to use a helicopter for a two-mile journey through the capital.

But it was all smiles and sentimentality in the walls of the Buckingham Palace, culminating in the warm banqueting of last night into a historic friendship. By the way, the only person with as many gold records as Mr. Trump is the Queen.

Mr. Trump addresses the soldiers in bearskins worn by the British Grenadier Guards at all times of the year.

Mr. Trump addresses the soldiers in bearskins worn by the British Grenadier Guards at all times of the year.

Mr. Trump addresses the soldiers in bearskins worn by the British Grenadier Guards at all times of the year.

We also had an answer to the question of what the president and monarch could have in common – apart from having Scottish mothers.

We learned yesterday that they have the same taste in art.

Donald and Melania Trump had just been welcomed and had lunch when the Queen accompanied them to a special Buckingham Palace show of British / American objects in the Picture Gallery.

It was immediately clear that Mr. Trump was nervous. Not only did he say very little, but he also seemed very shy.

The prince gave the president a broad grin and suggested she was happy to receive him

The prince gave the president a broad grin and suggested she was happy to receive him

The queen all smiled as she greeted Donald Trump this morning on his first official state visit to the UK – although Robin noted that Donald would have been better able to do a full turn than to catch her in & # 39; true country from a point of view & # 39;

The queen was talking the most when she viewed a display of different Scottish art objects – & # 39; That's my tartan, & # 39; Mr. Trump muttered (quite rightly) – and souvenirs from state visits to America. And then the president's eye was pulled away from the exhibition and to the painting above.

He was fixed by Rembrandt's 1633 work The Shipbuilder And His Wife and wanted to know more. By lucky coincidence, he had hit on what happens to be the queen's favorite photo of the entire palace.

She may have an unrivaled collection of family portraits, but, as the Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures has acknowledged, her most beloved piece is this intense study of a 17th-century Dutch couple. The director of the Royal Collection, Tim Knox, produced a preserved history for Mr. Trump.

The Queen, President Trump and Melania laugh as Prince Charles and his wife Camilla talk on the steps of Buckingham Palace

The Queen, President Trump and Melania laugh as Prince Charles and his wife Camilla talk on the steps of Buckingham Palace

The Queen, President Trump and Melania laugh as Prince Charles and his wife Camilla talk on the steps of Buckingham Palace

Despite all the political grandeur in advance, the success of a state visit comes down to the interaction between visitor and host. And this can be characterized by two factors: Mr. Trump's clear respect for the queen and her obvious determination to support the often-quoted & # 39; special relationship & # 39; keep in good shape.

Mr. Trump had arrived with a bang. Every state visitor is welcomed by a salute of 41 guns in both the tower and in Green Park. Due to a backlog of flares from the 66th anniversary of the Queen's coronation the day before (there are no fireworks salons on a Sunday), the total number was shot with a deafening number of 185 – 41 each for president and prince in the Park, 41 for Mr. Trump and 62 for the queen at the tower. Perhaps that was a way to compensate for the absence of the traditional carriage procession at The Mall.

Although this is part of the ritual for most state visitors, American security officials have never allowed an American president to travel in this way in modern times.

The lawn of the palace thus became a huge helicopter platform. After flying to Stansted overnight, Trump first traveled to the US ambassador's stay at Regent's Park to freshen up. Then he climbed aboard his personal helicopter, Marine One, for the fast ride through London. His assistants and bag-bearers flew forward in an identical monster, Nighthawk Two, and parked on a piece of grass that was covered by the royal tea tent for the Queen's garden parties until last week.

US President Donald Trump inspects a guard of honor during a welcome ceremony in the garden of Buckingham Palace today

US President Donald Trump inspects a guard of honor during a welcome ceremony in the garden of Buckingham Palace today

US President Donald Trump inspects a guard of honor during a welcome ceremony in the garden of Buckingham Palace today

Then the Donald came. When the rotors of Marine One no longer threatened royal hats or presidential races, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall came out of the Bow Room and walked down to greet the president. The queen waited on West Terrace in a muted jade jacket and pleated silk dress by Stewart Parvin. It was a warm smile when the two heads of state met and shook hands. Mr. Trump did not bow — nor was expected, as an equal and as an American citizen — but during a nanosecond it seemed as if he would kiss the Queen's hand.

The royal company moved to the palace and closed the doors. The sash windows on the first floor opened – most unusual. The members of the presidential party stepped out onto the balcony for the perfect view of the grandstand, led by Mr Trump's daughter, Ivanka. The locals, including the dukes of York, Sussex, Kent and Gloucester, chose to stay indoors.

The American president Donald Trump and his wife Melania (left) are pictured in Clarence House in London to drink tea with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall

The American president Donald Trump and his wife Melania (left) are pictured in Clarence House in London to drink tea with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall

The American president Donald Trump and his wife Melania (left) are pictured in Clarence House in London to drink tea with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, right, and Queen Elizabeth II, are walking in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace, Monday, June 3, 2019, in London. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, right, and Queen Elizabeth II, are walking in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace, Monday, June 3, 2019, in London. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, right, and Queen Elizabeth II, are walking in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace, Monday, June 3, 2019, in London. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

The main game appeared again below. Charles and President walked down the stairs in their blue lounge suits to inspect the Guard of Honor and were almost overshadowed by the dazzling scarlet of the Grenadier guards.

Normally the inspection is a bit more than a brisk walk and a fleeting nod. Not on this occasion. Mr. Trump often likes to chat with the troops. Guardsman Joshua Young-Hastings from South London, the tallest soldier on parade, had played American football in the US before joining. The president also met Guardsman Robert Spilling, who was born in Missouri, who served with the US 101st Airborne and who had joined the British army last year.

Stay informed: Prince Harry, circled, hides in the background during the tour. His wife Meghan once described Mr. Trump as & # 39; female hatred & # 39; and & # 39; division & # 39;

Stay informed: Prince Harry, circled, hides in the background during the tour. His wife Meghan once described Mr. Trump as & # 39; female hatred & # 39; and & # 39; division & # 39;

Stay informed: Prince Harry, circled, hides in the background during the tour. His wife Meghan once described Mr. Trump as & # 39; female hatred & # 39; and & # 39; division & # 39;

The Prince of Wales has saved a guard a shame. Somehow a medal had fallen out of his uniform, so Charles picked it up and pinned it up again.

Troops inspected, folk songs passed, it was time for a lunch of salmon, duck and donuts (not just – they came with fruit) and the exchange of gifts. The Queen gave Mr. Trump a specially bound first edition of Winston Churchill's World War II and an E II R pen set, while the First Lady received an engraved silver box.

Other members of the royal family were appointed to escort the other guests. The Duke of Sussex was chatting with Ivanka Trump until she strayed too close to the cameras on which he withdrew.

The Queen, President Trump and the First Lady viewed this photo of President Roosevelt with King George VI in 1939

The Queen, President Trump and the First Lady viewed this photo of President Roosevelt with King George VI in 1939

The Queen, President Trump and the First Lady viewed this photo of President Roosevelt with King George VI in 1939

The president and first lady invaded Westminster Abbey for the usual laying of wreaths at the grave of the unknown warrior and then spent more time with Charles and Camilla over tea at Clarence House.

In the meantime, the staff of the palace put the finishing touches to the center of the visit, the state banquet in the Palace Ballroom. The seating plan was unusual. Opposition parties and the Speaker usually do not boycott a state banquet.

Nor does a state visitor often come to the palace for dinner with a wife and four children, plus a daughter-in-law and son-in-law. For once, the away team was almost as well represented as the home team.

And perhaps Mr. Speaker can confuse his decision, given his love for the spotlight. While John Bercow was sitting at home, Lord Fowler, his counterpart in the Lords, not only got a seat at the top of the table, but found that he was sitting next to the First Lady of the United States.

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