American President, Trump began his long-delayed state visit to Britain, which rolled out the full honors, including ceremonies, government meetings and a banquet.
Trump arrived at Buckingham Palace after a three-mile helicopter flight from the American ambassador’s residence to meet with Queen Elizabeth II for the second time. He was met with an 82-gun salute — 41 shots to honor Mr. Trump and 41 to mark the anniversary on Sunday of the queen’s coronation, which took place in 1953.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, greeted Mr. Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, after the aircraft landed in the palace grounds. The queen then received the president on the west terrace of Buckingham Palace, before ushering him inside.
The president’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, along with other White House aides, looked on from a balcony throughout the short, but elaborate, welcome ceremony. The president and the first lady were then escorted by the royal family to a courtyard, where Prince Charles accompanied Mr. Trump on an inspection of the guard.
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Former President Barack Obama used a motorcade for the same trip in May 2011, driving past cheering crowds on London streets. White House officials did not say why they had opted for a helicopter, though they have been very sensitive to reports of large protests planned for the streets of central London.
Queen Elizabeth, 93, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, has met 12 American presidents, starting with President Harry S. Truman when she was a princess and heir to the throne. Last year, she sat for tea with Mr. Trump. At that meeting, neither the president nor the first lady appeared to follow long-running protocol in which a bow or curtsy is customary.
Mr. Trump is scheduled to take tea with Prince Charles and Camilla. Prince Harry is expected to join them for a private lunch, according to the BBC, and Prince William and his wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, will attend the state banquet on Monday evening.
The BBC also reported that Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex — who is on maternity leave after giving birth to the couple’s first child last month — would not be attending the dinner.
In an interview with the British tabloid The Sun before his arrival, the president was told that Meghan, an American former actress, had said in 2016 that she would move to Canada if he were elected president. Mr. Trump responded by saying, “I didn’t know she was nasty,” but he went on to say that he thought it was nice to have an American princess. “I am sure she will do excellently,” he said.