President Trump arrived Monday morning at Buckingham Palace as part of the visit agenda that includes an audience with Queen Elizabeth II and D-Day commemoration ceremonies.
The president and first lady Melania Trump were greeted by Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, ahead of a private lunch with the Queen. Royal gun salutes were fired from nearby Green Park and from the Tower of London as part of the pageantry accompanying an official state visit. Trump will be in the U.K. from Monday to Wednesday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, which comes at a tumultuous time in British politics, with Prime Minister Theresa May due to step down on Friday. After lunch with Queen Elizabeth II, Trump will be honored at extravagant state dinner at Buckingham Palace. Demonstrators are expected.
The Queen gave Donald Trump an abridged first edition of Winston Churchill’s book, “The Second World War.” She also gave Trump a three-piece pen set, comprising a fountain pen, rollerball pen and ball point pen with a royal cypher, in a presentation box. Melania Trump received a specially-commissioned silver box with a handcrafted enamel lid. When America's first couple sit down to the lavish dinner in Buckingham Palace, they will be treated to an exquisite menu that was six months in the planning, and a table that took royal staff three days to set.