The Trumps meet the queen for tea

The Trumps meet the queen for tea

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President Donald Trump reviews an honor guard with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, on Friday. (WhiteHouse.gov)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump held an audience with England’s Queen Elizabeth II on Friday, the first time the first family met with the long-serving monarch.

The meeting was marked with pomp and circumstance, with the 92-year-old matriarch of the royal family reviewing the assembled honor guard along with the Trumps outside Windsor Castle, the Queen’s preferred retreat from Buckingham Palace.

After a band played the U.S. national anthem, the first family then met for tea out of the public eye for just over 45 minutes. The details of their conversation have not been disclosed.

According to the royal communications office, the Queen has met with 11 of the 12 U.S. presidents who have assumed office during her reign, the exception being President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Windsor Castle was also the site of presidential visits from Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who each attended with their spouses.

The meeting was the final event on Trump’s schedule for England. He left not long after and flew to Scotland, where he will be at the private golf course that he owns.

Prior to leaving, the president held a 30-minute interview with British broadcast personality Piers Morgan.

The meeting, which was part of Trump’s two-day trip to England, took place as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced indictments against 12 Russian military officials for allegedly leading a hacking campaign during the 2016 election.

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