Such engagements would normally be for Prince Andrew to undertake but no longer

As the Queen hosted global leader to observe 70 years of Nato cooperation and collective feel, her Buckingham Palace reception was counterpointed by political discord and protest.

Outside, hundreds of anti-Donald Trump and anti-Nato demonstrators blocked roads in central London. Inside, the Duke of York was absent from the guest index, having cease public life in the wake of his car-crash Newsnight interview addressing Virginia Giuffre’s allegations. The prince has categorically and consistently disclaimed Giuffre’s claims.

As a former Royal Navy helicopter pilot, who was appointed vice-admiral on his 55 th birthday, Nato engagements would normally be his gig. But not for the foreseeable future.

Donald Trump arrived after having tea with Prince Charles. Rush-hour traffic had signified the president and first lady, Melania Trump, arrived for their Clarence House tea with Charles and Camilla 40 minutes later than expected.

The US president had earlier exposed uncharacteristic self-control when rejecting provide comments on the scandal smothering Jeffrey Epstein, a client at his Mar-a-Lago resort.” I don’t know Prince Andrew, but that’s a tough story, it’s a very tough story ,” he said when asked to comment at a breakfast press conference.

The president had clearly forgotten the Palm Beach party in 2000 he had attended, together with the imperial and the now humiliation financier, as shown in a photograph taken at the Florida bash. Multiple images also depict him with the monarch during last year’s commonwealth visit.

Invitees to the reception included the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, whose advance stated mission was to immediately confront the president over the NHS. He had written to Trump on Tuesday morning, expressing opposition to the idea that America’s big pharma would muscle its method into Britain’s health service in any UK-US post-Brexit trade deal.

Trump was unlikely to be well disposed. Earlier he had insisted the US” wouldn’t suggestion the NHS if you gave it to us on a silver dish “. He is also no love of Corbyn, having previously opined it would be ” far worse” for Britain if Corbyn were to become prime minister.

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The Queen was joined by 29 leaders of Nato countries for a group photograph, including the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the French chairman, Emmanuel Macron, and the Canadian “ministers “, Justin Trudeau.

Leaders of the Nato countries, and its secretary general, assemble Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles. Photograph: Yui Mok/ AP

Other absentees from the reception included Prince William, who is on an official visit to Kuwait and Oman, and Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, who are on a six-week break away from the pressures of royal dates. The latter formerly described Trump as contentious and misogynistic, notes Trump later described as nasty.

“Nasty” was the word Trump again deployed on the first morning of this two-day summit, when he called the French president, Emmanuel Macron,” extremely, very nasty” for recommending Nato was ” intelligence dead “.

Later the Nato country managers adjourned to Downing Street for a second reception, this time hosted by Boris Johnson. They were greeted by a school choir singing chants as they posed outside No 10 and a holiday tree.

Trump and the first lady arrived at No 10 in his presidential limousine, known as” the Beast”, while others came on foot. The US president threw a elevation to Macron and the prime minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte.

As the Queen entertained her guests, there was further unwelcome bulletin for her absent-minded second son to contemplate. A lawyer for the suspect victims of Epstein told ITV’s This Morning that a woman had come forward with claims that she vividly remembered determining Andrew and Giuffre at Tramp nightclub in Mayfair in March 2001.

That was the party, Andrew had told Newsnight, he could not have been there with Giuffre, then 17, as he was at a birthday party with his young daughter Beatrice, at a Pizza Express restaurant in Woking.


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