Donald Trump greeted by Queen and Prince Charles at Nato meeting

3 December 2019, 20:44 | Updated: 3 December 2019, 20:45

Donald Trump and Nato leaders rubbing shoulders with royalty
Donald Trump and Nato leaders rubbing shoulders with royalty. Picture: PA
Nick Hardinges

By Nick Hardinges

US President Donald Trump rubbed shoulders with the Queen and Prince Charles at a Nato meeting in Buckingham Palace.

Nato world leaders and their partners travelled to the royal residence's grand State Rooms on Tuesday to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the military alliance's formation.

Nato chiefs arrived at the palace where they were met by Queen Elizabeth, her son the Prince of Wales and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall.

Charles and the monarch joined the politicians for a group photograph in the Throne Room before being served drinks in the Green Drawing Room.

The Queen was mingling with the world leaders
The Queen was mingling with the world leaders. Picture: PA
Nato leaders joined the Queen for an official photo
Nato leaders joined the Queen for an official photo. Picture: PA

The Queen mingled with female leaders and first ladies, including Melania Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whilst the Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess Royal and Prime Minister Boris Johnson were also in attendance.

Mr Trump was seen speaking with French President Emmanuel Macon following a diplomatic row over comments made by the European leader, in which Mr Macron described Nato as "brain dead."

The US President arrived late to the ceremony after having to cut short tea with the Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla at Clarence House.

The Trumps joined Prince Charles at Clarence House
The Trumps joined Prince Charles at Clarence House. Picture: PA

He was joined at the royal household by his wife Melania, in which the two couples were pictured sharing smiles together.

Charles and Camilla welcomed the Trumps to their official residence shortly before 6pm on Tuesday amid protests outside on the Mall.

The demonstrations could be heard upon the US leader's arrival and helicopters were seen hovering above as the famous presidential motorcade arrived.

Protesters outside Buckingham Palace
Protesters outside Buckingham Palace. Picture: PA

NHS workers and anti-war activists took to the streets around Trafalgar Square and marched towards Buckingham Palace in protest against the US leader and Nato.

A number of placards were seen along the capital's roads, with messages reading: "No to Trump, No to War" and "Trump, Hands off our NHS."

However, rush-hour traffic delayed the Trumps by 40 minutes, which shortened their time spent with the royal couple as all were expected to attend the reception hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Prince of Wales met with other Nato leaders including the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg and Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte.

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