|Trump attends Buckingham Palace banquet to end first day of state visit|
|He spent much of the day with Queen Elizabeth and the royal family.|
LONDON — President Trump finally had his most excellent state visit. He was greeted by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on Monday, beginning three days of feting and carefully calibrated diplomacy. The royals served lunch, showed off their old stuff, poured tea and hosted a lavish banquet with the good china. And nothing went wrong.
The British monarch and her retinue are very good at this, and this is why Britons keep them around. Her majesty and her family — known to insiders as “the Firm” — are highly skilled professionals in the deployment of soft power. They are players.
Trump won’t get to stay overnight at the palace (renovations were cited). And he didn’t get a golden carriage ride down the Mall (security risk). But he did land on the lawn at Buckingham Palace in Marine One. And how awesome is that? The lawn. No protesters.
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive on Marine One at Buckingham Palace on Monday. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)