Queen Elizabeth and President Donald Trump have finally met.
After more than a year of back-and-forth about whether he would be heading to the U.K. for an official visit, the president — along with First Lady Melania Trump — met the Queen at Windsor Castle on Friday. The castle was recently the site of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s royal wedding. (The royal couple didn’t extend an invitation to Trump — or any politician — for their May 19 nuptials.)
The Trumps were welcomed at the Quadrangle of the castle, where a Guard of Honor gave a royal salute and the U.S. national anthem was played. The Queen and President Trump inspected the Guard of Honor before watching the military march past. The president and first lady then joined the Queen inside the castle for afternoon tea.
Protesters marched through the streets of London — about 20 miles from Windsor Castle — against Trump’s U.K. visit on Friday. Tens of thousands of British people took to the streets of central London to protest President Trump in what was dubbed a “The Stop Trump March.”
Carrying signs that read “Trump Not Welcome” and “Dump Trump,” the crowd made it clear that not everyone in the U.K. supported the country’s diplomacy.
At the same moment Trump was walking into Windsor Castle, news from back home threatened to overshadow the royal meeting he had long coveted. Cable news stations aired split-screen coverage of Trump’s tea alongside a Justice Department press conference in Washington announcing the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officials charged with hacking into the Democratic National Committee and the campaign of Trump’s 2016 presidential opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Trump’s meeting with the Queen is not a full-blown state visit, complete with the pomp and ceremony of a Buckingham Palace meeting and military welcome. Rather, Trump is in the U.K. for a working visit this week.
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Erin Hill