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The Queen is preparing to greet US President Donald Trump at Windsor Castle.
The controversial American leader will be treated to a Guard of Honour when he arrives at the historic royal residence in Berkshire on Friday afternoon.
He will also join the monarch for tea in the castle – the Queen’s favourite home.
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Mr Trump spoke of his admiration for the Queen in his interview with the Sun, in which he called her a “tremendous woman”.
He told the paper: “If you think of it, for so many years she has represented her country, she has really never made a mistake. You don’t see, like, anything embarrassing. She is just an incredible woman.
“My wife is a tremendous fan of hers. She has got a great and beautiful grace about her.”
Mr Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will meet Britain’s head of state at the dais in the castle’s Quadrangle, which features a neatly manicured central lawn.
Located in the Upper Ward, it sits with the castle’s famous Round Tower to its west, and is surrounded by the impressive state, visitor and private apartments.
A Guard of Honour, formed of the Coldstream Guards, will give a Royal Salute and the US national anthem will be played.
The 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards is one of the British Army’s longest serving units, and its band is one of the oldest and best-known military marching bands in the world.
The Queen and Mr Trump will inspect the Guard of Honour before watching the military march past.
Mr and Mrs Trump will then take tea with the Queen in the castle.
In 2008, when then US president George W Bush had tea with the monarch at Windsor, he enjoyed a traditional English afternoon spread of tea, small sandwiches and cakes in the White Drawing Room.
The Queen has received three other US Presidents at Windsor Castle since the 1980s – Barack Obama in 2016, Mr Bush in 2008 and Ronald Reagan in 1982.
One of the biggest ever police operations is being staged to cover Mr Trump’s brief stay in the UK.
Nearly every force in England and Wales has contributed officers to help with the massive mobilisation, the biggest since the 2011 riots.
Mr Trump’s royal encounter is not a state visit – an offer that was extended to him by Prime Minister Theresa May in the early days of his presidency.
There will be no carriage procession and no opulent state banquet, and Buckingham Palace said no other members of the royal family will call in to Windsor to meet the billionaire-turned-politician.