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Donald Trump joins the Queen for a state banquet

President Donald Trump has praised "seven decades of treasured friendship" between the UK and US as he joined a state banquet at Buckingham Palace.

The Queen said they were celebrating an alliance which had ensured the "safety and prosperity of both our peoples for decades".

Earlier Mr Trump and the first lady laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown warrior in Westminster Abbey.

The president also tweeted that a "big trade deal is possible" with the UK.

He said the trade deal could happen once the UK removed the "shackles" and praised the welcome from the Royal Family.

On the menu at the banquet is steamed halibut with watercress mousse, saddle of lamb with herb stuffing and strawberry sable - a dessert made of biscuits, pastry cream and fresh strawberries.

Mr Trump's place is to the right of the Queen, who is at the head of the horseshoe-shaped table. Prince Charles sits to the left of the Queen, and next to First Lady Melania Trump.

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