When you consider how long the queen has been partying, it's no wonder she's really good at it. She has all the qualities of a great hostess: smart response, empathy, a lifetime of good stories and, of course, a loyal team taking care of the details. Entering the NATO Summit on Tuesday night, the headlines focused mainly on the enmity between Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron of France and a somewhat complicated dispute Between Trump, Jeremy Corbyn and the National Health Service, it is clear that it may take a little Queen magic to keep up the spirits. After a group photo in the Buckingham Palace Throne Room, the queen served drinks in the Green Room, and it really seemed like people were having fun.
As previously reported, a small group of her family joined the monarch to host the leaders. When they arrived, they formed a long line in the Palace Music Room. She received them with Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg, while Kate Middleton, Princess Anne, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were waiting inside. (Prince William is currently on tour in Kuwait, Prince Edward retreated due to illness and it was the first major event Prince Andrew missed after leaving public service amid scandals.)
Anne greeted Angela Merkel warmly. In a tailored green dress by Emilia Wickstead, Kate was photographed in deep conversation with Justin Trudeau. The queen also wore a green dress, although hers was brocade silk, and she matched a shawl. According Telegraph, the queen started cocktail time talking to the female leaders and first ladies present, while Trump and Macron were seen talking.
If there was any offense when the Trumps showed up late for tea this afternoon, Charles and Camilla didn't show it. Camilla greeted Melania Trump with a kiss on the cheek as they arrived at Buckingham Palace. After drinks and conversation, world leaders, who also included Reycip Tayyep Erdogan and Boris Johnson from Turkey, returned to 10 Downing Street, where, without the queen to court, we can imagine that they quickly disagreed again.
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