Donald and Melania Trump meet Queen Elizabeth for tea at Windsor Castle

Brenda Watkins
July 14, 2018

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump joined Queen Elizabeth for tea Friday in a first-ever meeting that kicked off with formal British pomp and circumstance at Buckingham Palace.

As Elizabeth waited for Trump's arrival, she glanced at her watch.

With the queen in the middle, the Trumps seemed to tower over the monarch, who stands roughly 5-foot-3.

As the Queen and Mr Trump walked across the lawn of the quadrangle to view the soldiers, the monarch appeared to gesture and point several times for the president to move closer to the front line of red-tuniced soldiers. HRH has met with every sitting president since ascending to the throne in 1952, with the exception of Lyndon Johnson.

He then departed Windsor Castle by helicopter for London, where he took Air Force One to Scotland.

The royal communications office said it would not be releasing details of the 48-minute sit-down.

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Earlier, the president and first lady Melania Trump defied protocol when they greeted the queen: They did not bow or curtsy, but instead opted to simply shake hands.

When asked about his comments on the PM, he outright denied criticizing her, dismissed the question as "fake news" and said the publication failed to include all the positive things he said about May.

Trump's meeting with the Queen has been marred in controversy. The Trumps will be expected to call her "Your Majesty" upon meeting her and afterward call her "Ma'am". Trump will be the 12th president she's met during her reign.

The Queen, whose father was on the throne when Donald Trump's Scottish-born mother became a U.S. citizen in 1942, has hosted 12 United States presidents, only missing Lyndon B Johnson. The queen wore a bright blue suit, while the first lady was dressed in a cream-colored pencil skirt and matching jacket.

The Queen has given some of her biggest hints yet that she could soon step down from the role of monarch - as Prince Charles prepares to step in as King. "I think she represents her country so well", Trump said.

One of her favorite guests was probably Ronald Reagan, who shared her passion for horses and went for a ride with the queen on the magnificent grounds surrounding the castle.

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