Scenes from Trump's Controversial U.K. State Visit: Protests, Palace Greetings, Royal Fashions & More

On his first state visit to the U.K., President Donald Trump has enjoyed significant pomp and ceremony — and some protests and controversy

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Not Without Controversy

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump
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Just as he was landing in London on Monday, President Donald Trump sent out a pair of tweets attacking London Mayor Sadiq Khan as a "stone cold loser." Late last week he said Meghan Markle's 2016 criticism of him as a presidential candidate was "nasty."

02 of 22

Hand-in-Hand Arrival

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump
From left: First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump arrive in London on Monday morning for their first U.K. state visit. Leon Neal/Getty

Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived at Stansted Airport on Monday walking hand-in-hand as they kicked off their three-day visit. The minor moment only attracted notice because the first lady has seemingly not always responded well to her husband’s overtures.

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Royal Welcome

Donald Trump is greeted by Prince Charles
Prince Charles and President Donald Trump. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

The first couple arrived to Buckingham Palace by the Marine One helicopter with Prince Charles greeting the president for his first state visit.

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Her Majesty

U.S. President Donald Trump is greeted by Queen Elizabeth II
President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth. Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty

Trump was also greeted by Queen Elizabeth, who last welcomed former President Barack Obama in 2011. Last summer, during a working visit to the U.K., Trump made headlines when he shook hands with the monarch instead of bowing, but a handshake is not unusual for a president or first lady.

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First Photo Opp

Melania Trump, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Joining the Queen and Prince Charles was Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

06 of 22

Royal Inspection

Donald Trump (C) inspects an honour guard with Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales

Trump inspected the Guard of Honour alongside Prince Charles before watching the royal gun salutes fired in Green Park and at the Tower of London.

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Pomp and Circumstance

Queen Elizabeth II US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump (L) with Prince Charles
Melania Trump, Queen Elizabethh II, Donald Trump and Princes Charles outside of Buckingham Palace on Monday, June 3.  Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images. Chris Jackson/Getty

After briefly stepping inside the palace, Trump returned to the Buckingham Palace gardens to receive a ceremonial welcome where a band played the national anthems.

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Accompanying Her Father

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump
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Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, watched from a palace balcony as they joined the president and first lady.

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Thousands of Protestors

Anti Trump protesters
Protestors during President Donald Trump’s U.K. state visit this week. James Veysey/REX/Shutterstock

Trump's state visit has been met by protests. The group “Together Against Trump” organized demonstrations at Buckingham Palace and are set to protest in London’s Trafalgar Square and “wherever [Trump] is.” Efforts are reportedly underway to bring back a giant blimp depicting Trump as an orange-skinned baby.

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Taking to the Streets

Protest Against Donald Trump's State Banquet in London

Marine One, which carried the Trumps, flew above large crowds with colorful signs, including some that read: "Stop Trump's nuclear arms race" and "No to Trump, no to war, no to racism."

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Royal Gift Collection

Queen Elizabeth andDonald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump

The Trumps viewed a special exhibition in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace, where items of historical significance to the United States from the Royal Collection were showcased.

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Royal Appearance

Ivanka Trump (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
Ivanka Trump and Prince Harry. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty

Prince Harry joined his grandmother for the viewing without wife Meghan Markle, who is currently on maternity leave after giving birth to their son, Archie, on May 6. Harry's visit with Trump comes hours after the president insisted he had not said anything “bad” about Meghan last week despite his interview being recorded.

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Grave of the Unknown Warrior

Prince Andrew, Duke of York (L) with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump
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After Buckingham Palace, the president and first lady visited Westminster Abbey to lay a wreath at the grave of the Unknown Warrior.

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Tweet-Length Handwritten Message

US President Donald Trump signs the visitors book in Westminster Abbey
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Trump left a brief, grateful message in the Westminster Abbey guestbook, writing: "Thank you so much. This has been a great honor. Special place."

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Leaving His Mark

Donald Trump (C) is watched by US First Lady Melania Trump

In addition to signing the guestbook, the first couple toured the abbey with Dean of Westminster John Hall. At one point on the tour, the president was struck by the age of the church, twice repeating its consecration year of 1269.

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Thousands of Protestors

Protest Against Donald Trump's State Banquet in London

Along with thousands of London natives taking to the streets, there have been demonstrations, giant projections and mini baby Trump blimps popping up across the city.

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Tea Time

Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump

The Trumps headed to Clarence House for tea with Prince Charles and Camilla after leaving Westminster Abbey in the late afternoon.

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State Banquet

President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, Melania Trump, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall
Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth, Melania Trump, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. PA Images/Sipa

To end the first day of their three-day stay, the president, first lady and four of the president’s adult children (Ivanka, Donald Jr., Tiffany and Eric) were hosted for the state banquet in the Buckingham Palace ballroom.

The horseshoe-shaped table — decorated with vast pink-themed floral arrangements — was laid for 171 guests.

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Duchess' Arrival

Catherine,Duchess of Cambridge
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Kate Middleton wore her go-to Lover’s Knot tiara paired with the Queen Mother’s sapphire and diamond fringe earrings for the event, attended the banquet alongside husband Prince William. Kate, 37, also wore a blue, red and white sash of the Royal Victorian Order on her shoulder over her white Alexander McQueen gown — marking the first time she has worn the new honor, which was gifted to her by the Queen for her eighth wedding anniversary in April.

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Banquet Guests

Ivanka Trump
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Ivanka Trump was escorted into the banquet by Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, and was followed by Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Sanders.

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From left: President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth

Both the president and Queen made speeches, each reflecting on their countries' shared history and common values and the importance of a continued alliance.

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No Slowing Down

Protest Against Donald Trump's State Banquet in London

Protests have been organized on social media ahead of the Trump family’s arrival, with protestors looking to fly another “baby Trump” blimp as they did during his working visit to the U.K. last year.

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