Trump meets Queen El­iz­a­beth II

The Hitavada - - WORLD -

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.

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