US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump meet Queen Elizabeth on a state visit

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US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have met the Queen on the first day of their state visit to the UK.

The pair went to Buckingham Palace for a private lunch and welcome ceremony.

Mr and Mrs Trump laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown warrior in Westminster Abbey and are due to attend a state banquet this evening.

Minutes before arriving in the UK, Trump criticised the Mayor of London, with whom he has clashed in the past.

He tweeted that Sadiq Khan – who had earlier said the UK should “not roll out the red carpet” for Mr Trump – was a “stone cold loser”, but the president added he was looking forward to his visit.

Talks between PresidentTrump and outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May will begin today with the pair expected to discuss climate change and Chinese technology firm Huawei.

The president’s visit coincides with the commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, which the Queen, Mr Trump and other heads of state will attend at Portsmouth on Wednesday.