Today: Pomp and ceremony dominate as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles welcome Donald and Melania Trump to Buckingham Palace at a state banquet.Tomorrow: Politics take center stage as Trump meets outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street.Wednesday: Trump marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Portsmouth, on the south coast of England.
4:38 p.m. ET, June 3, 2019
Our coverage is concluding for the evening, but we’ll be back early tomorrow
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The rest of tonight’s state dinner is closed to press, and the Trumps will retire for the evening once it concludes.
As a result, our live coverage will conclude for the evening.
We’ll be back early Tuesday morning ahead of President Trump’s meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May and business leaders. Soon after, he’ll head to Downing Street for an official bilateral meeting with May and other members of her team, followed by a press conference.
We’ll air that live.
For a recap of today’s events, see our story: Trump’s UK visit gets off to a booming start with guns, guards and insults.
4:13 p.m. ET, June 3, 2019
Here’s who is seated next to who at tonight’s state banquet
Some seating pairings of note:
Ivanka Trump was seated between the Liam Fox, the U.K. secretary of state for international trade, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.Tiffany Trump was seated between HSBC chairman Mark Tucker and Edward Young, the queen’s private secretary.Eric Trump was seated between Dame Vivian Hunt and Janet Tucker.Laura Trump was seated between Lord Hague of Richmond and Royal Dutch Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden. Kellyanne Conway was seated between Prince Edward and Alex Younger, chief of the Secret Intelligence Service.Mick Mulvaney was seated between the Secretary of State for Defense Penny Mordaunt and Prince Andrew.Steve Mnuchin was between Philip Hammond, Chancellor of Exchequer and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.Louise Linton was seated between Jon Stanton, chief executive of The Weir Group. and General Sir Nicholas Carter.Emma Doyle was seated next to Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester.
Here’s a list of notable attendees:
Duke of CambridgeThe Prime MinisterAmb. JohnsonThe Duchess of CornwallThe President of the United States of AmericaQueen Elizabeth IIThe Prince of WalesMrs. TrumpThe Lord SpeakerThe Rt Hon Baroness Hale of RichmondRt. Hon Lord Mayor of London Peter EstlinDuchess of CambridgeSec. MnuchinEric TrumpDonald Trump Jr.Lara TrumpJared KushnerTiffany Trump Ivanka TrumpKellyanne ConwayJohn BoltonBritish Foreign Secretary Jeremy HuntThe Earl of WessexDan ScavinoStephanie GrishamSarah SandersSteven Miller Mick MulvaneyLouise LintonChris RuddySir Kim DarrochLady DarrochDuchess of GloucesterThe British defense and foreign ministers
4:37 p.m. ET, June 3, 2019
President Trump hails “great, great woman” Queen Elizabeth in toastFrom CNN’s Kevin Liptak
President Trump hailed Queen Elizabeth II as a “great, great woman” during a toast from Buckingham Palace on Monday.
Hailing her work as a mechanic during World War II, Trump cast the monarch as a symbol of British strength and endurance.
“As we honor our shared victory and heritage, we affirm the common values that will unite us long into future: freedom, sovereignty, self-determination, the rule of law and reference for the rights given to us by almighty God.”
“From the second world war to today, her majesty has stood as a constant symbol of these priceless traditions,” Trump said at the start of a state banquet. “She has embodied the spirit of dignity, duty, and patriotism that beats proudly in every British heart.”
Watch the toast:
4:43 p.m. ET, June 3, 2019
Here’s what Melania Trump is wearing tonightFrom CNN’s Betsy Klein
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Melania Trump is wearing a Dior Haute Couture ivory silk crepe gown with silk tulle detail, per Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for the East Wing.
Her hair is pulled back.
White, it should be noted, seemed to be the theme of the night. Her Majesty the Queen; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are all dressed in white for the state dinner.
4:51 p.m. ET, June 3, 2019
Queen Elizabeth hails the US-UK alliance and references Trump’s Scottish heritage in welcome remarks
Queen Elizabeth welcomed President Trump and the first lady with a speech.
“Visits by American presidents always remind us of the close and long standing friendship between the United Kingdom and the United States,” the Queen said, adding she was “glad that we have another opportunity to demonstrate the immense importance that both our countries attach to our relationship.”
She spoke of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, noting, “On that day and many occasions since, the armed forces of both our countries fought side by side to defend our cherished values of liberty and democracy.”
The Queen added that the anniversary “reminds us of all that our countries have achieved together.”
Citing Trump’s Scottish ancestry, the Queen reminded the President that he too has a “particular connection to this country.”
“Mr. President, as we look to the future, I’m confident that our common values and shared interests will continue to unite us. 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,” she said.
3:57 p.m. ET, June 3, 2019
From steamed halibut to Windsor lamb, here’s what they’re eating at the state dinner
US President Trump will be served three course meal at the State banquet at Buckingham Palace this evening, including fresh fruit, coffee and petit fours according to the Press Association.
Here’s the full run down of the menu:
Steamed fillet of halibut with watercress mousse, asparagus spears and chervil sauce.Saddle of new season Windsor lamb with herb stuffing, spring vegetables, port sauce.Strawberry sable with lemon verbena cream.Selection of assorted fresh fruits.Coffee and petit fours.
And these are the wines:
Windsor Great Park 2014Chassange-Montrachet 1er Cru “Morgeot” 2014Domaine Duc de MagentaMonopole Clos de la Chapelle, Louis Jadot Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1990 1er Cru Classe, PauillacHambledon Classic Cuvee Rose NV
3:49 p.m. ET, June 3, 2019
The Trumps and the Queen arrive at the state dinner
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump just arrived at the State Dinner at Buckingham Palace. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles walked in with the two leaders.
3:16 p.m. ET, June 3, 2019
Protesters greeted Trump as he arrived at Buckingham Palace
The Marine One helicopter carrying President Trump and first lady Melania Trump flies over Buckingham Palace as it prepares to land ahead of a State Banquet. TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images
Marine One, carrying President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, flew past a crowd of protestors on its way to tonight’s state dinner. Their signs read, “Stop Trump’s nuclear arms race,” “No to Trump, no to war,” and “campaign for nuclear disarmament.”
While Buckingham Palace, where the dinner will be, and Winfield House, where the Trumps are staying, are only 3 miles apart, the first couple has been using the helicopter between the buildings and avoiding central London streets.
Trump has tweeted that he hasn’t seen any protests in London so far:
3:08 p.m. ET, June 3, 2019
President and first lady arrive at Buckingham Palace for state banquetFrom CNN’s Allie Malloy
Marine One has landed at Buckingham Palace for the State Banquet with Queen Elizabeth and the royal family.
First the President and first lady will participate in a presentation of guests with Her Majesty before the banquet officially begins at 3:45 pm ET.