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The Queen welcomes President Trump to the Palace

The Queen has welcomed US President Donald Trump to Buckingham Palace at the start of his three-day state visit to the UK.

Mr Trump and First Lady Melania arrived by helicopter at the palace and were greeted by Prince Charles and Camilla, as they stepped off Marine One.

The pair were then taken to meet The Queen – their second introduction following Mr Trump’s working visit to Britain last summer.

The monarch warmly greeted the couple and shook Mr Trump’s hand, before they headed inside for lunch.

Mr Trump’s state visit was marked by the booming sounds of a double gun salute in nearby Green Park, which echoed around the palace grounds.

The president was invited to inspect the Guard of Honour, along with Prince Charles.

The soldiers formed two lines and were wearing their famous scarlet tunics and bearskins.

A large crowd gathered outside Buckingham Palace in the sunshine as they awaited the arrival of the Trumps.

A huge security operation is in place for the visit, and police officers could be seen standing at three different points on the roof at the front of the palace.

The Trumps touched down at London Stansted Airport on Monday morning and were met by British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and US Ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson.

The president will attend a state banquet hosted by The Queen on Monday night and will meet Theresa May, in her final days as Prime Minister.