Monday, 6 Apr 2020

Kate and William latest: Will Kate and William attend banquet for Trump tonight?

The state banquet is a highlight for any head of state during a state visit. Hosted by the Queen, a state banquet is an elaborate affair at Buckingham Palace, attended by senior members of British royalty as well as politicians and celebrities. 170 guests will attend the banquet for Donald Trump on Monday night.

Will Kate and William go?

Kate Middleton and Prince William, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have been absent so far during the visit.

However, they will be in attendance at tonight’s banquet.

The President and First Lady were given a warm welcome by the Queen and Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace on Monday morning, which included a 41-gun salute and an honour guard of young Grenadiers.

The Queen presented Mr Trump with a first edition of Sir Winston Churchill’s book The Second World War, from 1959, along with a three-piece Duofold pen set in a design made exclusively for the monarch.

Mrs Trump received a specially commissioned silver box with a handcrafted enamel lid, decorated in royal blue with roses, thistles and shamrocks to represent the ceiling of Buckingham Palace’s music room.

After a private lunch which the Duke of Sussex also attended, the Queen showed the couple American artefacts and other items from the Royal Collection. In a nod to the US leader’s Scottish heritage, he was shown a bolt of Harris Tweed.

Mr and Mrs Trump were then taken on a tour of Westminster Abbey, where they laid a wreath at the grave of the unknown warrior.

They then joined Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall for tea at Clarence House.

Now, they’ve headed back to Winfield House – the Regent’s Park home of the US ambassador – where they are staying.

Normally the visiting head of state would stay at the east wing of Buckingham Palace, however that’s currently under refurbishment so there’s a lot more coming and going there than usual.

On Tuesday, Mr Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May will host a business breakfast attended by the Duke of York at St James’s Palace.

Mr Trump will then visit Downing Street for talks with Theresa May, followed by a joint press conference.

In the evening, the Trumps will host a dinner at the residence of the US ambassador in Regent’s Park attended by Charles and Camilla on behalf of the Queen.

The trip will culminate on the third day, with Mr Trump, the Queen and Prince Charles attending the national commemorative event in Portsmouth for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Following the D-Day event, Mr Trump will travel to his hotel and golf resort in Doonbeg, in the Republic of Ireland.

He will hold a meeting with Irish premier Leo Varadkar at Shannon Airport.

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