Donald Trump has left Britain at the end of his whirlwind three-day state visit after the Queen told him: ‘I hope you come to this country again soon’.
Mr Trump and his wife Melania, who moved on to Ireland this afternoon before going to France tomorrow, joined the monarch and Prince Charles to speak to some of the 300 Second World War veterans who fought on the Normandy beaches 75 years ago.
As they posed for the final photograph at the D-Day 75 commemoration event in Portsmouth, the President told the Queen: ‘It was a great honour to be with you’ and Her Majesty replied: ‘I hope you come to this country again soon’.
Mr Trump was heard saying: ‘Great woman. Great, great woman’ as he and Melania went to board his Marine One helicopter. They flew to Southampton Airport before being taken to Shannon in Ireland by Air Force Two.
The Queen, Mr Trump and Prince Charles had just met with six veterans who fought on D-Day following the grand commemoration ceremony in Portsmouth today, including one 93-year-old who flirted with First Lady Melania.
At a small lunch reception also attended by world leaders including Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron, the President told the veterans it was his honour to meet them and he had been moved by their stories.
Hours earlier the Queen paid tribute to ‘my generation’ after another British veteran received an ovation from the monarch and Mr Trump as he described his ‘mates who didn’t come back’ from France.
SOURCE: MARTIN ROBINSON