President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived at Buckingham Palace Monday just after noon, local time, to meet Queen Elizabeth II and be treated to the kind of royal pomp-and-ceremony the president loves receiving and the British love staging.
The three-day state visit is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. It is the second meeting between Queen Elizabeth and President Trump.
As she has done for hundreds of foreign visitors, including former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama in 2011, the 93-year-old monarch will put on an impressive show, deviating slightly from a pattern set down during her 67 years on the throne.
During Monday's visit, the queen greeted President Trump as he ascended the palace stairs with Prince Charles, as Melania walked behind with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The queen wore a big smile as she greeted the president with a handshake, wearing a mint suit and matching hat. She then acknowledged Melania and the three royals, and walked inside with the president and first lady.
According to Buckingham Palace, Trump also will meet for a chat with her son, the environmentalist Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. Also, he will meet her grandson, Prince William, and his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, but possibly not new parents Prince Harry and his American wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, who expressed some disdain for Trump prior to her 2018 marriage.
As per usual, he'll meet with the prime minister, Theresa May, who resigned last Friday and is scheduled to leave No.10 on June 7, after she failed to persuade Parliament and her own Tory party to approve a Brexit deal to take the U.K. out of the European Union.
Other events on President Trump's itinerary include viewing a special exhibition in the Buckingham Palace Picture Gallery, which will showcase items of historical significance to the U.S. from the Queen's priceless Royal Collection; a visit to Westminster Abbey, where they will lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior and a State Banquet.