US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump made a state visit, which is the formal trip by a head of state, to the UK from 3 to 5 June. Visitors usually stay at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle, but because Buckingham Palace is being renovated the US president was staying for the duration of his visit at Winfield House, the US Ambassador’s Residence at the UK.
On Monday the presidential couple arrived at Buckingham Palace on Marine One, where they were welcomed by Prince Charles and Camilla.
After the greeting, group had a private lunch inside the Buckingham Palace, which was followed by a viewing of the picture gallery.
Following lunch, they headed to Westminster Abbey. He was welcomed by the Dean of Westminster, who led the prayers at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. Upon visiting Westminster Abbey, President placed a wreath on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, touched his hand on the wreath and kept his eyes closed during the prayer.
After that presidential couple met Prince Charles and Camilla for tea at Clarence House.
On Monday evening a state banquet took place in the Buckingham Palace’s ballroom with outstanding personages such as Mr Trump, the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess Camilla, Duke Wilhelm along with other UK public figures and prominent Americans living in Britain.
Both Mr. President and the Queen in their speeches streessed a close friendship and partnership between countries and how many values they do have in common.
On Tuesday, Mr Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May hosted a business breakfast attended by the Duke of York – Andrew at St James’s Palace.
Mr Trump then visited Downing Street for talks with Theresa May. They discussed a range of issues including climate change, Brexit, National Health Service and Huawei.
Donald Trump approved May’s activities in term of leaving the EU and the talks were followed by a press conference.The day finished with a banquet at the US ambassador’s residence, where Prince Charles and Camilla attended.
The trip came to an end on Wednesday 5 June event in Portsmouth for the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy. More than 300 veterans with their families as well as british Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the other European leaders were at the moving to tears ceremony.
Mr. Trump and Ms. Merkel met briefly on the sidelines of the event, where they discussed the current issues of the world.
Later that day Mr. Trump gave an exlusive brief interview to Piers Morgan, in which he summed up the trip to the United Kingdom. President of US kept on stressing how amazing woman The Queen is. He also showed his sense of humour. When he was asked „who is the British Donald Trump?” he came out with a witty remark „I don’t want to point anybody because I don’t want to ruin anybody’s carrer”.
Donald Trump is a controversial figure and many people in the UK have opposed to this visit. We could see lots of banners insulting current American president. During the visit thousands of people gathered in central London to protest against him. As BBC reported „The security operation surrounding Mr Trump’s visit could cost more than £18m”.
News prepared by Wiktor Machoń from 2d, edited by Mrs. M.Kossak.