The most talked about moments from Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK

The US President and his family may have only been in the UK for a fleeting three-day visit, but those three days were by all means long enough to provide the internet with a lot of moments to talk about.
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The President of the United States touched down in London at the start of the week with his family in tow for a three-day state visit to the UK, his first official trip since becoming the Commander-in-Chief of the US.

The three days were jam-packed with engagements with senior members of the royal family, the Prime Minister and members of parliament and also included two elaborate banquets – one hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and one hosted by the Trumps at Winfield House on Tuesday.

While the President was chuffed to be there, not everyone was as eager to welcome him, with many people taking to the streets to protest his visit – in fact his state visit has been delayed since last year, reportedly due to concerns about protests.

And for those of him who aren’t fans but couldn’t make it to the protests?

While the President seemed to have gotten a slightly better handle of royal protocol this time around, compared to his three protocol slip-ups last year, nothing escapes the eyes of the internet, and Twitter users sure had a few jokes up their sleeves about the President’s visit.

Here, we’ve compiled some of the most talked about moments from the Trumps’ state visit to the UK this week.

President Donald Trump, his wife First Lady Melania, and his four adult children touched down in London on Monday, and their first photo with the Queen became the subject of some pretty genius Photoshopping, showing the Queen wearing one of Viktor & Rolf’s couture meme gowns which read: “Sorry I’m late I didn’t want to come,” in bold capital letters.

Of course, in reality the Queen wasn’t wearing the purple number, but from the expression on her face, it may have not been that far of a reach.

This image of the President’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner looking out a window of Buckingham Palace also went viral because, well, it’s kind of creepy, with many people comparing it to scenes from famous horror films.

“Looks like a scene from The Others,” twitter user Nina Parker tweeted.

While on Ivanka’s Instagram account – she posted a similar image to her profile with the caption: “Looking forward to another day in London” – one user said it was the “Creepiest thing I’ve ever seen”.

Twitter also had a lot of thoughts about the gift the Queen gave the president, with many believing the Queen made a subtle dig with her gift choice: a book.

“Giving Trump a book is such quality shade from the Queen 😎👑,” tweeted Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman.

While political reported Eli Stokles added, “The queen has given Trump a book (about Churchill/WWII), which, considering that everyone knows he doesn’t read, is an expert-level troll.”

Considering the book is apparently a very rare 1959 first edition copy of Winston Churchill’s The Second World War bound in crimson goatskin and gold tooling, it’s not just any old book, but read into it however you’d like.

The Queen also gifted the president a three-piece Duofold pen set, while the he opted to gift her a silver poppy brooch from Tiffany & Co in a custom White House jewellery box.

Then there was that wink that Camilla gave as she headed into a private tea with Prince Charles, the President and First Lady which had everyone talking, with many users joking that it was her secret cry for help.

“Royal Protection Officer: Camilla, if you are in trouble then wink, we will come and rescue you,” Charlie Prcotor, editor of the Royal Central joked on Twitter.

Indeed, it would’ve been incredibly interesting to have been a fly on the wall in that particular tea, with Prince Charles a vocal environmentalist and climate change activist, while the US President is a stubborn climate change denier.

In fact, in an interview with Pier Morgan for Good Morning Britain, Trump told the TV presenter that the tea was only supposed to last 15 minutes, but ran well over an hour, with Prince Charles giving a passionate speech about the environment and climate change.

The people of the Twittersphere were amused by this image of the President shaking Her Majesty’s hand as it looked a great deal like a fist bump.

“Nice to see that the Queen agreed to fist bump President Trump,” one user said.

And while that unsurprisingly was not the case, it sure looks like it, doesn’t it?

When we said that nothing escapes the eyes of the Internet, we weren’t exaggerating.

This photo of the President’s four eldest children and their partners heading into the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace had its fair share of commentary for a number of reasons, but it was the eagle-eyed people who spotted a sign behind Tiffany Trump’s head which really got us.

“Is that a “No photography” sign behind Tiffany’s head?,” one user mused.

So there you have it.

While the trip was a fleeting one, the memes were plentiful. And it probably serves as a great example of why you don’t want to get on the wrong side of the Twitterverse.

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