Scenes from Trump's Controversial U.K. State Visit: Protests, Palace Greetings, Royal Fashions & More
Not Without Controversy
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."
The first couple arrived to Buckingham Palace by the Marine One helicopter with Prince Charles greeting the president for his first state visit.
First Photo Opp
Joining the Queen and Prince Charles was Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
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.
Pomp and Circumstance
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.
Accompanying Her Father
Thousands of Protestors
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.
Taking to the Streets
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."
Royal Gift Collection
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.
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.
Grave of the Unknown Warrior
After Buckingham Palace, the president and first lady visited Westminster Abbey to lay a wreath at the grave of the Unknown Warrior.
Tweet-Length Handwritten Message
Trump left a brief, grateful message in the Westminster Abbey guestbook, writing: "Thank you so much. This has been a great honor. Special place."
Leaving His Mark
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.
Thousands of Protestors
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.
The Trumps headed to Clarence House for tea with Prince Charles and Camilla after leaving Westminster Abbey in the late afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
Both the president and Queen made speeches, each reflecting on their countries' shared history and common values and the importance of a continued alliance.
No Slowing Down
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.