Trump, Melania arrive at Buckingham Palace for private lunch with Queen and Prince Charles

The lunch with the monarch should largely be free of the thorny political issues that await Trump later in his visit to London


                            Trump, Melania arrive at Buckingham Palace for private lunch with Queen and Prince Charles

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have arrived in the U.K. for their two-day state visit with a reception and lunch at Buckingham Palace on Monday.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump began their two-day state visit with a reception at Buckingham Palace on Monday.

Trump is expected to be greeted with significant protests throughout his time in London.

 

The lunch with the monarch should largely be free of the thorny political issues that await Trump later in his visit to London, including meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May just days before she steps aside as the head of her political party. Trump will meet with May, but Monday's focus will be on elaborate ceremonies honoring the president. 

President Donald Trump salutes an honor guard as he and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Stansted Airport in England, Monday, June 3, 2019 at the start of a three day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

 

It began with Queen Elizabeth II holding a grand welcoming ceremony at Buckingham Palace; a formal tea with Prince Charles and a sumptuous state banquet will be held later on Monday.

FILE - In this July 13, 2018, file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and President Donald Trump inspect the Guard of Honour, at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England. Like a bull who keeps going back to the china shop, Trump is returning to Europe. (Ben Stansall/Pool Photo via AP)

Upon their arrival, Trump and Melania were honored at a small welcoming ceremony.

The president was met by the U.S. Ambassador to Britain, Woody Johnson, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and other dignitaries. The president held his salute as he walked through 20 members of the guard that greeted him and was quickly escorted to the Marine One, the presidential helicopter.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Winfield House, the residence of the US Ambassador, in London, Monday, June 3, 2019 at the start of a three day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

They will be taken from Stansted Airport, north of London, into the center of Britain's capital.

Trump kicked off the trip with a tweet blasting London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who says the American president should not get red-carpet treatment in Britain. Trump is expected to be greeted with significant protests throughout his time in London.

Moments before Air Force One landed at Stansted Airport near London, Trump tweeted that Khan was a stone cold loser who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London.

Trump said Khan should focus on crime in London, not him.

In a newspaper column on Sunday, Khan said Trump was one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat from the far-right to liberal democracy.

Khan has been a frequent critic of Trump and gave permission for an inflatable blimp depicting the president as a screaming baby to be flown near Parliament during the president's trip to the U.K. last year. Protesters plan to fly the blimp again during Trump's three-day state visit.

Khan supporters call Trump racist for his attacks on London's first Muslim mayor.