Inside lavish banquet dinner hosted by Donald Trump and Melania for royals
Donald Trump mingled with royalty and the British political elite as he and First Lady Melania hosted a lavish banquet this evening.
Prince Charles and Camilla were greeted by Trump and Melania at the entrance to Winfield House, where the President and First Lady have been staying during the state visit.
Pictures from inside the packed room showed Theresa May flanked by Trump and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
May appeared to share a joke with the president, as guests waited for the luxury meal to begin.
Prince Charles was also pictured raising a glass with Trump, and toasting with what appeared to be white wine.
Ornate decorations at the banquet included a centrepiece of cream roses on each circular table.
The tables were covered with tablecloths patterned with flowers and birds, and laid with gold decorated plates and gold cutlery.
Gold candlesticks flanked the floral displays, while the six tables are surrounded by gold chairs.
President Trump sat at a table with Prince Charles and Theresa May on either side of him. On the other side of Mrs May is Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Across the small room, the First Lady sat between the Duchess of Cornwall and Mrs May’s husband, Philip.
The most intriguing name on another table setting was for a Mr Blair.
Officials could not confirm if it is for Tony Blair but are expected to release a guest list later.
The setting appeared far more intimate than at Buckingham Palace last night.
The house’s dining room was set with six tables each with around 10 places.
Guests at the black tie dinner dined on fresh burrata cheese with heritage tomatoes, basil, and Maldon salt followed by grilled fillet of beef with pommes Anna, watercress pure, celeriac and chantenay carrots.
For pudding, they dined on summer berries, homemade vanilla ice cream with Muscovado sugar tuile.
All the wines are from the Iron Horse winery in northern California, including a Chardonnay with the starter, a Pinot Noir with the main course, and a Brut reserve with the pudding.
Much of the behind-closed-doors dalliancing will happen at Trump's London hideaway, the opulent US Ambassador's residence in Regent's Park.
But Boris Johnson, who he praised as an "excellent" future Prime Minister, turned down his offer and opted for a 20-minute phone call instead.
The President revealed Labour's leader Jeremy Corbyn asked for a meeting – but Trump said no.
Earlier today, Trump held a joint news conference with Theresa May .
The President spoke about his night at the state banquet yesterday, calling the Queen a "fantastic woman".
"We want to thank her majesty the Queen, who I had a lovely dinner with last night.
"A fantastic person, fantastic woman."
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