UK US STATE VISIT Queen Elizabeth celebrates Britain-U.S. alliance


US President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth hailed the bonds between the United States and the United Kingdom after the U.S. president was hosted with a day of pomp designed to bolster an alliance strained by discord over Brexit and China.

President Trump’s interventions into Britain’s political crisis over Brexit had threatened to overshadow his state visit to London but instead, the president appeared to relish the royal red carpet that his hosts laid on for him and wife Melania.

The three-day trip was cast as a chance to celebrate Britain’s “special relationship” with the United States, boost trade links in a post-Brexit world and reaffirm security cooperation ahead of the 75th anniversary of the allied D-Day landings in World War Two.