Queen welcomes President Trump to palace

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US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have met the Queen on the first day of their state visit to the UK.

The pair went to Buckingham Palace for a private lunch and welcome ceremony.

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Mr and Mrs Trump laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown warrior in Westminster Abbey and are due to attend a state banquet this evening.

Minutes before arriving in the UK, Mr Trump criticised the Mayor of London, with whom he has clashed in the past.

He tweeted that Sadiq Khan – who had earlier said the UK should “not roll out the red carpet” for Mr Trump – was a “stone cold loser”, but the president added he was looking forward to his visit.

Mr and Mrs Trump arrived on Air Force One earlier on Monday and were taken to the US ambassador’s home in central London, where they are staying, before travelling to Buckingham Palace.

Protests are planned in several UK cities during the three-day visit, including in London, Manchester, Belfast, and Birmingham.

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Media captionMr and Mrs Trump laid a wreath at the grave of the unknown warrior as part of their UK state visit

Talks between Mr Trump and outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May will begin on Tuesday, with the pair expected to discuss climate change and Chinese technology firm Huawei.

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The president’s visit coincides with the commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, which the Queen, Mr Trump and other heads of state will attend at Portsmouth on Wednesday.

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Image caption The Marine One helicopter landed in the grounds of Buckingham Palace
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Image caption Mr Trump was greeted from the helicopter by Prince Charles

Crowds were gathered outside Buckingham Palace as the president and first lady landed by helicopter shortly after midday.

The Queen presented Mr Trump with a first edition of Sir Winston Churchill’s book The Second World War, from 1959, with gilt decorations and hand-sewn bindings in the colours of the US flag. He was also given a three-piece Duofold pen set decorated with an EIIR emblem, in a design made exclusively for the monarch.

Mrs Trump received a specially commissioned silver box with a handcrafted enamel lid, decorated in royal blue with roses, thistles and shamrocks to represent the ceiling of Buckingham Palace’s music room.

After the private lunch, the Queen showed the couple American artefacts and other items from the Royal Collection. In a nod to the US leader’s Scottish heritage, he was shown a bolt of Harris tweed.

Mr and Mrs Trump met the Duke of York at Westminster Abbey, where they laid a wreath at the grave of the unknown warrior. The president signed the distinguished visitor’s book in his customary black marker pen, describing the 13th Century church as a “special place”.

Their next stop was Clarence House, where they joined Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall for tea.

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Image caption The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall posed with their visitors in the morning room at Clarence House
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Image caption The royals hosted a private lunch for Mr Trump before further engagements this afternoon
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Image caption Mr Trump’s daughter – and White House adviser – Ivanka Trump looks out of the window at Buckingham Palace

Later, the Queen will host a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, also attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The Duchess of Sussex will not attend following the birth of her son Archie, who is less than a month old. On Sunday, Mr Trump denied calling the duchess “nasty”, despite him using the word on tape.

As he stepped onto UK soil, Mr Trump was greeted by US Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Tory leadership candidate Mr Hunt, who has spoken about the importance of the UK’s relationship with the US, said Mr Trump mentioned to him “some of his very strong views about the Mayor of London” which he had also tweeted.

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Image caption The American national anthem was played and Mr Trump was invited to inspect the guard of honour
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Image caption The Queen showed US items of the Royal Collection to the president and first lady

Analysis

By James Landale, BBC diplomatic correspondent

The contrast could not have been starker. The President of the United States received a warm welcome from the Queen and the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.

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There were two 41-gun salutes – one for Mr Trump and another marking the 66th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation on Sunday – as well as an honour guard of young Grenadiers resplendent in scarlet.

At the same time, Mr Trump launched a verbal attack on the mayor of the city in which he is now a guest, calling Sadiq Khan “a stone cold loser” for questioning why the President had been granted a state visit.

In truth, this is all of a piece for Mr Trump: he gets the pictures and the pageantry that he wants and will look good in his re-election campaign next year, and he gets to pick a fight with a liberal, Muslim politician that will play well with his base.

Already this row is forcing those campaigning to be Britain’s prime minister to define themselves against Mr Trump.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt criticised Mr Khan for his “great discourtesy”. But Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the office of the Mayor of London should be respected in the same way one respects the office of the president.

This visit has only just begun and already the Great Disruptor is tweeting angry thoughts and breaching diplomatic niceties. Business as usual, you might think – only today he also happens to be a guest of the Queen, who rarely tweets and is always diplomatic.

Mr Trump’s tweet accused Mr Khan of doing a “terrible job” as mayor, adding: “[He] has been foolishly “nasty” to the visiting president of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me.”

A spokesman for Mr Khan said “childish insults” should be beneath the US president, adding: “Sadiq is representing the progressive values of London and our country, warning that Donald Trump is the most egregious example of a growing far-right threat around the globe.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn defended Mr Khan, tweeting: “Tomorrow’s protest against Donald Trump’s state visit is an opportunity to stand in solidarity with those he’s attacked in America, around the world and in our own country – including, just this morning, Sadiq Khan.”

Mr Khan was not the only target of the president’s tweets. Mr Trump also criticised CNN, complaining that it was the primary source of news from the US on his trip – but that he had to turn off its “fake news” after a short while.

China, which is in an ongoing trade dispute with the US, also came under fire. Mr Trump claimed that companies are leaving China in order to avoid paying the tariffs and that the US is “taking billions”.

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Although Mr Trump has spoken of his admiration for Mrs May, there are expected to be differences of opinion during their talks, which begin on Tuesday.

The prime minister will raise the issue of climate change, with a government spokesman again saying on Monday the UK was “disappointed by the US decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement in 2017”.

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The two leaders are also expected to discuss Huawei. The US has blacklisted the Chinese firm for security reasons, while the UK may allow it to supply “non-core” components for its 5G network.

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Image caption Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt was among those waiting to greet Mr Trump
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Image caption Airmen from the RAF Regiment formed a guard of honour for the couple
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Image caption Items were unloaded from the president’s plane, by a team different from Stansted Airport’s usual baggage handlers
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Image caption After landing, Mr Trump headed to Winfield House in Regent’s Park, the US ambassador’s residence

Before the visit, President Trump told the Sun newspaper he was backing Conservative Party leadership contender Boris Johnson to be the next UK prime minister.

He also told the Sunday Times that Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage – an arch critic of Mrs May – should be involved in the government’s negotiations to leave the EU.

At Monday evening’s Buckingham Palace banquet, both the president and the Queen are expected to make a speech to guests, who will include prominent Americans living in Britain.

Mr Corbyn, House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, and Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable are all boycotting the state banquet.


Fans and critics outside Buckingham Palace

By Hamish Mackay, BBC News

A quick walk around the crowd outside Buckingham Palace revealed the presence of supporters and detractors of Mr Trump – both equally strong in their views.

Phillip Butah, from Essex, wearing a MAGA hat and describing himself and his companion as “Trump activists”, says: “We are so happy that he’s here – this visit is long overdue.”

Asked what they expect the UK to get from this visit, they reply: “Trade deals.”

Corey Wright, a 25-year-old American from Ohio, in London as a tourist, sees the visit in a similar light.

“I think the visit is good for the political environment,” he says. “I think that needs to be worked on and that’s what he’s here to do.”

Auriel Granville – a climate activist from Wimbledon, south-west London, came dressed as the Statue of Liberty to protest against the president’s visit.

“I don’t think he should be received in this way – climate change should be top of our agenda and Donald Trump is a climate change denier,” she said.

Read more about the crowds outside the palace


Mr Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, arrived in the UK before the president. On Sunday, she posted a picture from outside the Victoria and Albert Museum in west London where she had visited the Christian Dior exhibition.

On Tuesday morning, President Trump and Mrs May will host a business breakfast at St James’s Palace.

President Trump will then visit Downing Street for further talks with Mrs May, followed by a joint press conference.

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Image caption President Donald Trump met Prime Minister Theresa May at Chequers last July

Protesters are organising a “national demonstration” which will start at Trafalgar Square at 11:00 on Tuesday.

The Met Police said it had “a very experienced command team” leading the operation to deal with the visit.

The police operation for the president’s visit last year was estimated to have cost nearly £18m.

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Media captionThe BBC’s Jonny Dymond on what to expect from President Trump’s visit to the UK

Although the Queen has met 12 of the 13 US presidents who have been in office during her reign, Mr Trump’s state visit to the UK is only the third by a US leader.

George W Bush and Barack Obama are the only other US presidents to have been given a state visit.

State visits differ from official visits and are normally at the invitation of the Queen, who acts on advice from the government. The Queen usually receives one or two heads of state per year and has hosted 112 of these visits since becoming monarch in 1952.

Queen welcomes President Trump to palace

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