As you probably know, President Trump and our First Lady, Melania Trump, are being honored tonight at a dinner at Blenheim Palace, hosted by the Prime Minister and members of Parliament.
The couple arrived via helicopter and was driven by presidential limousine onto the property, where they were welcomed by British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip.
The couples then enjoyed a performance by a large British military marching band wearing traditional bearskin hats.
The performance included a bagpiper playing “Amazing Grace.”
Guests will enjoy a meal of Scottish salmon, English beef and a dessert of strawberries and cream.
According to the Daily Mail, President Trump is expected to be given a tour of Blenheim’s grounds by the 12th Duke of Marlborough, Jamie Blandford – also known as Jamie Spencer-Churchill (a man with a wild past, I have read.)
It seems a most appropriate setting for this dinner, as Winston Churchill is much admired by President Trump. Blenheim Palace was the birthplace of Winston Churchill, the son of a younger son of the Duke of Marlborough, Randolph Churchill and his wife, Jennie Jerome Churchill.
According to the biography Churchill: A Biography, by Roy Jenkins:
He was born on 30 November 1874 and, mainly by accident, in Blenheim Palace, although in a singularly bleak-looking bedroom. The accident arose out of his being two months premature. He should have been born in January in the small but fashionable house in Charles Street, Mayfair, which his father had rented to receive him, or more purposefully perhaps to use as a base for the somewhat rackety metropolitan life of which Lord Randolph and his bride of only seven and a half months’ standing were equally fond. This house not being ready, they had taken autumn refuge in Blenheim, and, as Lord Randolph put it in a letter to his mother-in-law in Paris, ‘[Lady Randolph] had a fall on Tuesday walking with the shooters, and a rather imprudent and rough drive in a pony carriage brought on the pains on Saturday night. We tried to stop them, but it was no use.’ Neither the London obstetrician nor his Oxford auxiliary could arrive in time, although it was over twenty-four hours to the birth from the onset of labor pains, and the baby was born very early on the Monday morning with the assistance only of the Woodstock country doctor.
Blenheim Palace was built as a gift to the Duke of Marlborough following his victory over French forces at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704.
She paired the off-the-shoulder gown with floor-length pleated sleeves with matching silk pumps by Manolo Blahnik.