Guests have arrived at Winfield House, the official Regent’s Park residence of the US Ambassador, for a lavish dinner at which Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will be the US President’s guests of honour.
The Daily Mail reports,
The Duke and Duchess smiled for photographs standing next to the President and First Lady as Mr Trump, in advance of the dinner this evening held to reciprocate for last night’s lavish banquet at Buckingham Palace.
The mansion in Regent’s Park is serving as the Trumps’ base while they are in town.According to the President’s itinerary the Trumps and the royal couple will enjoy a ‘pre-reciprocal dinner reception’, then a ‘presentation of guest’, before the reciprocal dinner and finally the signing of a guestbook.
The President and First Lady waited outside to greet Charles and Camilla. Marine guards opened the door to royal the car and President greeted the prince with a handshake.
The Trumps patiently waited outside for Charles and Camilla to arrive (they would, of course, normally have people waiting for them), who swept up in a chauffeur driven car.
Camilla, 71, looked elegant in in a white evening gown by Fiona Clare with a pretty embroidered overlay and a bejewelled necklace – a striking contrast to Melania’s striking red cape-style gown and loose, dark locks.
The prince and the president, both smart in black dinner jackets, chatted warmly following their tea yesterday, which ran over by 15 minutes. The foursome posed briefly for pictures for going inside.
President Trump’s children also joined the dinner and were seen leaving their London hotel earlier, ‘First Daughter’ Ivanka leading the fray in a stunning white off-the-shoulder gown and her hair in a chignon.
His younger daughter, Tiffany, wore a grey full-length dress.
In the dining room, six round tables have been set out, seating 10 people each, each laid with a white tablecloth, white roses and white candles.
The President’s table will also seat Mrs May and Prince Charles, on the President right; while his wife will dine with Philip May and the Duchess.
Normally the Lord Mayor of London would hold his own banquet on the second night of a state visit by a foreign leader.
But when it comes to US presidents, it has become something of a tradition for the royals to dine at Winfield House, with Charles and Camilla attending on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, who had a busy day on Monday and will be joining the D-Day commemorations in Portsmouth with President Trump tomorrow.
The setting was far more intimate than at Buckingham Palace on Monday night with the house’s dining room set with six tables each with around 10 places.
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