PRINCE CHARM­ING

Trump meets with Brit PM, shares a cuppa with the Queen

Toronto Sun - - FRONT PAGE - JILL COLVIN

WIND­SOR, Eng­land — And then, af­ter all the diplo­matic tu­mult, it was time to sip tea with the Queen.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump took a break from his spar­ring with U.S. al­lies and the press Fri­day to en­joy one of di­plo­macy’s old­est tra­di­tions.

The pres­i­dent and First Lady Me­la­nia Trump were de­liv­ered by chauf­feured Range Rover at early even­ing Fri­day to the court­yard of Wind­sor Cas­tle, where Queen El­iz­a­beth was await­ing them un­der a canopy on a dais — far from the anti-Trump protesters demon­strat­ing across Lon­don.

There were hand­shakes all around, and then the three­some stood side-by-side as a mil­i­tary band played the Amer­i­can na­tional an­them.

With the Queen in the mid­dle, the Trumps seemed to tower over the monarch, who stands roughly 5 feet 3.

The pres­i­dent is about 6 feet 2, and Mrs. Trump is near that in her spiky heels.

The first lady wore a pale pink two-piece en­sem­ble with her hair pulled back for the oc­ca­sion; the Queen was in a blue coat.

The pres­i­dent and Queen then broke off to re­view the troops, walk­ing slowly past a line of Cold­stream Guards wear­ing tra­di­tional bearskin hats.

While Trump typ­i­cally likes to take the lead, he ap­peared to fol­low the Queen’s di­rec­tion, ad­just­ing his pace to hers.

Her gait has slowed over the years and she walks slowly and care­fully.

The Trumps and the Queen were to spend about 30 min­utes get­ting ac­quainted over tea in­side the cas­tle but the visit stretched past 45 min­utes.

Trump has talked at length about the royal fam­ily over the years.

He told The Sun news­pa­per be­fore his ar­rival that he was look­ing for­ward to the visit, com­pli­ment­ing the Queen and mar­vel­ling at the lack of con­tro­versy as­so­ci­ated with her over the years.

“She is a tremen­dous woman. I re­ally look for­ward to meet­ing her. I think she rep­re­sents her coun­try so well,” he said, adding: “If you think of it, for so many years she has rep­re­sented her coun­try, she has re­ally never made a mis­take. You don’t see, like, any­thing em­bar­rass­ing. She is just an in­cred­i­ble woman.”

He also talked about how his mother, who was born in Scot­land, loved the royal fam­ily and all things pomp and pageantry.

“My mother loved the Queen. Any time the Queen was on tele­vi­sion, my mother wanted to watch it,” said Trump.

El­iz­a­beth has now met every U.S. pres­i­dent since Dwight Eisen­hower, with the ex­cep­tion of Lyn­don John­son, who didn’t visit Eng­land while in of­fice.

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RICHARD POHLE/POOL PHOTO VIA AP

Queen El­iz­a­beth and Don­ald Trump walk from the Quad­ran­gle at Wind­sor Cas­tle yes­ter­day.

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