The United States is one of Britain’s closest allies, joining forces in multiple wars during the 20th century. But it wasn’t always that way.
The U.S. wouldn’t even be a country without the bloody war it fought with England in the 1700s. Some mentioned this when American actress, Meghan Markle, married Prince Harry in May:
There are many important takeaways from the Royal Wedding. But the most important one: if Meghan, a mixed race, fierce feminist can find her prince (too much?🙈) in a white man whose family is responsible for years of white supremacy, there is hope for me too!
— Ruchika (@ruchiks127) May 19, 2018
The nations’ tumultuous past also received attention on Friday when President Donald Trump and his wife Melania joined Queen Elizabeth II as the honor guard played the U.S. national anthem.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 13, 2018
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) July 13, 2018
While Trump and his wife stood with their hands held over their hearts, the Queen seemed less enthusiastic.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 13, 2018
Some on Twitter seemed to notice the Queen, who didn’t have her hand over her heart, wasn’t following her U.S. counterparts’ lead:
They are playing the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/4l5HPPW8eO
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) July 13, 2018
It's gotta be a little awkward for the UK military band to play the US national anthem front of the Queen. 1776 didn't go so well for her great-great-great-great-grandfather. It'd be like Michigan's band playing the OSU fight song after every OSU victory. pic.twitter.com/9JmalWHhC4
— Jeff Cooney (@jeff_cooney) July 13, 2018
During their trip, Trump and his wife seemed to get along well with the Queen, as well as Prime Minister Theresa May.
Trump, Melania, May, and her husband Philip met for dinner at Bleinheim Palace where Melania donned a beautiful, yellow, floor-length dress:
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) July 13, 2018
“Wonderful dinner at Blenheim Palace last night with Mr. Philip May & @theresa_may. Thank you for your gracious hospitality,” Melania tweeted.