Trump meets Queen Elizabeth II
QUEEN Elizabeth II welcomed US President Donald Trump for tea at Windsor Castle on Fridaya meeting which many Britons find the toughest part of his already contentious trip to swallow.
Trump walked ahead of the 92year-old while inspecting troops and did not bow when he met her - a couple of minor protocol breaches - but the meeting went smoothly.
Trump was gracious about the British sovereign in a newspaper interview out on Friday in which he attacked Prime Minister Theresa May’s strategy on Brexit. However, his previous comments about the royals have been less tactful, including boasting he would have slept with Diana, princess of Wales “without even hesitation”, and saying “who wouldn’t” photograph the Duchess of Cambridge topless.
Some 1.86 million people signed a petition at the June 2017 general election, wanting to prevent Trump from making a state visit “because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen”. His four-day trip to Britain is not a state visit - with the formal trappings of a carriage procession and certain banquets but it bears many of the hallmarks, including time with head of state.
A YouGov poll of 1,648 British adults conducted on Monday and Tuesday found that half thought Trump’s working visit to Britain should go ahead, with just over a third thinking it should be cancelled. However, the meeting with Queen Elizabeth on his first visit to Britain as US president still seems to rankle.
Just one in three (35 per cent) thought the monarch should meet Trump, as opposed to half (49 per cent) who thought she should not. Trump was treated with a guard of honour when he arrived at Windsor Castle, west of London. The Coldstream Guards gave a royal salute and played the US national anthem.