NATO leaders attended a reception hosted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday (December 3), as the first day of the organisation’s two-day summit drew to a close.
The Queen was joined by Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and various government heads.
NATO, the military alliance and transatlantic bloc is hailed by backers as the most successful military pact in history.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump is demanding that Europe pay more for its collective defence and make concessions to U.S. interests on trade.
But German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was going into the summit with a sense of optimism despite differences between the alliance’s members over its health.