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Toasting Trump, Queen Elizabeth lays out state banquet welcome

Updated : 2019-06-04 07:45:12

A four-course meal, more than 2,000 pieces of silver-gilt cutlery and a toast to the queen: Donald Trump enjoyed an opulent state banquet hosted by Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Monday. While this is the first time Trump and his wife Melania have experienced a royal British banquet, the queen is used to such occasions: it is the 113th time Queen Elizabeth has hosted a state visit. State visit invitations are extended by the government, but the queen acts as the host. After being greeted at Buckingham Palace with a cannon salute and marching Guards band, Trump had a private lunch with the monarch and tea with her son Prince Charles. They then attended a formal banquet at which men wore white tie and coats with tails and women evening gowns. Melania wore a Dior Haute Couture ivory silk crepe gown with silk tulle detail. "As we look to the future, I am confident that our common values and shared interests will continue to unite us," Elizabeth said at the banquet, before toasting Trump and his wife. "Tonight we celebrate an alliance that has helped to ensure the safety and prosperity of both our peoples for decades, and which I believe will endure for many years to come," Elizabeth said. Trump praised Elizabeth for her contribution to the war effort World War Two, recounting a story of her repairing a military truck engine. "That young mechanic was the future queen - a great, great woman," Trump said. "The bond between our nations was forever sealed in that great crusade."

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General view of US President Donald Trump, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and guests, during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. Trump is on a three-day state visit to Britain. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
General view of US President Donald Trump, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and guests, during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. Trump is on a three-day state visit to Britain. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk with Queen Elizabeth II, followed by first lady Melania Trump, Prince Charles, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as they make their way into the Music Room for a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, Monday, June 3, 2019, in London. (Doug Mills/Pool Photo via AP)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk with Queen Elizabeth II, followed by first lady Melania Trump, Prince Charles, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as they make their way into the Music Room for a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, Monday, June 3, 2019, in London. (Doug Mills/Pool Photo via AP)
US President Donald Trump left and Queen Elizabeth II toast, during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
US President Donald Trump left and Queen Elizabeth II toast, during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
Queen Elizabeth II shows items in the Royal Gifts collection to first lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump at Buckingham Palace, Monday, June 3, 2019, in London. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Queen Elizabeth II shows items in the Royal Gifts collection to first lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump at Buckingham Palace, Monday, June 3, 2019, in London. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Queen Elizabeth II, first lady Melania Trump, and President Donald Trump look at items in the Royal Gifts collection at Buckingham Palace, Monday, June 3, 2019, in London. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Queen Elizabeth II, first lady Melania Trump, and President Donald Trump look at items in the Royal Gifts collection at Buckingham Palace, Monday, June 3, 2019, in London. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Queen Elizabeth II, first lady Melania Trump, and President Donald Trump look at items in the Royal Gifts collection at Buckingham Palace, Monday, June 3, 2019, in London. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Queen Elizabeth II, first lady Melania Trump, and President Donald Trump look at items in the Royal Gifts collection at Buckingham Palace, Monday, June 3, 2019, in London. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II speaks to US President Donald Trump, right and first lady Melania as they view US memorabilia from the Royal Collection, at Buckingham Palace, London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (Tolga Akmen/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II speaks to US President Donald Trump, right and first lady Melania as they view US memorabilia from the Royal Collection, at Buckingham Palace, London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (Tolga Akmen/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, center poses for a photo with US President Donald Trump, left and first lady Melania Trump ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, center poses for a photo with US President Donald Trump, left and first lady Melania Trump ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)
From left, US President Donald Trump, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, first lady Melania Trump, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall pose for the media ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)
From left, US President Donald Trump, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, first lady Melania Trump, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall pose for the media ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, center left and US President Donald Trump and guests arrive through the East Gallery ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (Victoria Jones/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, center left and US President Donald Trump and guests arrive through the East Gallery ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (Victoria Jones/Pool Photo via AP)
US President Donald Trump left and Queen Elizabeth II stand, during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
US President Donald Trump left and Queen Elizabeth II stand, during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
US President Donald Trump delivers a speech as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II listens, during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
US President Donald Trump delivers a speech as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II listens, during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
US President Donald Trump left and Queen Elizabeth II laugh, during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
US President Donald Trump left and Queen Elizabeth II laugh, during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
US President Donald Trump left and Queen Elizabeth II toast, during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
US President Donald Trump left and Queen Elizabeth II toast, during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
US President Donald Trump, left, listens as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II delivers a speech, during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
US President Donald Trump, left, listens as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II delivers a speech, during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
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