Windsor Castle, the oldest inhabited castle in the world, is the setting for tea with the Queen for President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.
Queen Elizabeth II has been the British monarch since February of 1952 – 76 years! Donald Trump is the 12th President that she has hosted and, at 92 years old she is still going – perhaps not as strongly as she once did, but certainly with a clear mind and sharp wit.
The original castle at Windsor was built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror. Since the time of Henry I, it has been used by the reigning monarch and is the longest-occupied palace in Europe. The castle’s lavish early 19th-century State Apartments have been described as “a superb and unrivalled sequence of rooms widely regarded as the finest and most complete expression of later Georgian taste”. Inside the castle walls is the 15th-century St George’s Chapel, considered by the historian John Martin Robinson to be “one of the supreme achievements of English Perpendicular Gothic” design.
The monarch greeted the President and First Lady in the quadrangle of the royal residence ahead of a private tea. A Guard of Honour, formed of the Coldstream Guards, gave a Royal Salute and played the American national anthem as the Trumps arrived for the engagement. The Queen and President Trump inspected the Guard of Honour before watching the military march past before all three retired beyond sight of the cameras for a private tea.The Queen looked elegant in a periwinkle blue coat and matching hat for the occasion while Melania changed out of the $2,000 striped Victoria Beckham dress she wore earlier today and into a cream skirt suit for the meeting.
If you are interested in learning more about the castle, this video is long, but very informative: