WINDSOR, England — President Donald Trump and primary woman Melania Trump arrived at Windsor Fortress Friday night time outdoor London to fulfill Queen Elizabeth II and be handled to the type of royal pomp-and-ceremony the president loves and the British love staging. 

The presidential couple arrived on the huge 900-plus-year-old fort simply miles west of London at about five p.m. native time, and shook palms with Her Majesty, 92, who was once assembly her 12th sitting president and the fourth she has hosted at her weekend place of dwelling for the reason that 1980s.

The primary woman, her hair up in a low chignon, wore a conservative cream-colored skirt swimsuit with a slender belt and prime collar. 

The queen wore her standard royal outfit, a periwinkle blue coat over a patterned get dressed with an identical hat, plus white gloves and smart black sneakers.

Her husband, Prince Philip, 97, has retired from public lifestyles and was once no longer there.

The elements was once cooperative: The temperature was once 79 levels, with the solar peeking despite the fact that a partially cloudy mild blue sky. 

The Trumps, who had arrived by way of Marine One, had been pushed into the fortress Quadrangle and greeted the queen. Then they stood underneath a coated dais as a Coldstream Guard of Honor performed the U.S. nationwide anthem. The Trumps stood with palms over hearts; the queen along with her white-gloved palms folded. 

The Guard of Honour at Windsor Fortress for the coming of Queen Elizabeth II and President Trump on July 13, 2018. (Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/ AP)

As consistent with standard in a royal welcoming rite, the monarch and the president inspected the Guard of Honor as a medley of U.S. carrier hymns had been performed. The diminutive and the tall president walked slowly previous each and every report 3 ranks deep, then watched scarlet-clad troops in bearskin hats march across the Quadrangle.

About 10 mins after the Trumps arrived, they went throughout the fortress (which has about 1,000 rooms and occupies 13 acres) to enroll in the queen for tea. 

The royal handshakes adopted the president’s assembly previous Friday with Top Minister Theresa Would possibly at Chequers, the PM’s nation retreat.

And Melania Trump, wearing a Victoria Beckham get dressed of boldly colourful stripes, visited the Royal Chelsea Clinic in London the place she attempted her hand at bowls with getting old British Military veterans. 

The assembly came about towards a backdrop of President Trump’s essential feedback about Top Minister Theresa Would possibly and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the teetering Tory executive, its ongoing infighting over Brexit and Trump’s personal ideas to Would possibly about how to succeed in the divorce from the Eu Union.

However he had not anything however gushing reward for the queen in his headline-making interview Friday with The Solar, Britain’s largest-circulation newspaper owned via Trump’s media rich person friend, Rupert Murdoch. 

Trump described the queen as “an amazing lady” within the interview.

“I actually stay up for assembly her. I believe she represents her nation so smartly,” Trump mentioned. “For those who call to mind it, for such a lot of years she has represented her nation, she has actually by no means made a mistake. You don’t see, like, the rest embarrassing. She is solely an out of this world lady.”

The queen hosts a couple of overseas dignitaries each and every week, despite the fact that in most cases at her running place of dwelling at Buckingham Palace in London. However an target audience between the UK’s head of state with the top of state of Britain’s closest best friend is thought of as an important for either side. 

President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II check up on a Guard of Honour shaped of the Coldstream Guards at Windsor Fortress in July 13, 2018. (Photograph: Matt Dunham, AP)


Undoubtedly, President Trump was once fascinated about it, consistent with the U.S. ambassador to Britain talking the week earlier than the Trumps arrived. Doing it at Windsor additionally had benefits in that it were given him out of London the place huge anti-Trump demonstrations are going down, entire with an enormous Trump “child” blimp balloon aimed toward mocking him. 

No such derision can be heard from Her Majesty.

Beneath the British constitutional monarchy, the figurehead monarch is “above” politics, and the queen has been scrupulous all the way through her 66-year reign in holding her evaluations to herself, regardless of the controversies swirling round whoever is gifted to her.

Thus, the instances when her perspectives do turn out to be recognized are uncommon and remarkable, as when she was once overheard at a 2016 lawn birthday party criticizing Chinese language officers for being “very impolite” all the way through a state consult with to Britain via President Xi Jinping the 12 months earlier than. Her observation was once large information as it was once remarkable, uncharacteristic and undiplomatic.

Despite the fact that there have been advance calls in Britain from some quarters to cancel the assembly between the queen and the Trumps, that was once by no means going to occur. Relating to those conferences, the monarch follows the directions from the federal government of the day.

Would possibly was once the person who issued the invitation to Trump when she met him on the White Area quickly after he took place of work. First of all, it was once intended to be a “state consult with” that includes much more elaborate rite, however that was once later downgraded to an target audience because it was clearer that Trump’s presence in London could be lower than welcome.

As an alternative, an elaborate dinner party was once staged Thursday night time via Would possibly when she hosted the Trumps at a black-tie dinner with British trade leaders at Blenheim Palace, the house of the Dukes of Marlborough in Oxfordshire west of London the place Winston Churchill was once born. 


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