LONDON – United States President Donald Trump and his wife Melania left for Glasgow on Friday after having tea at Windsor Castle with Queen Elizabeth II.
Trump is expected to play golf during his time in Scotland, where he and the first lady will wrap up their stay in the United Kingdom with a private visit.
The president concluded the official part of his visit to the UK, his first since taking office last year, with a meeting over tea with the 92-year-old queen at Windsor, a royal residence.
The two also watched a military parade at the castle.
Trump had met earlier Friday with British Prime Minister Theresa May at her country residence, Chequers Court, near the village of Ellesborough.
The two exhibited strong chemistry, and May said Trump had agreed to “pursue an ambitious US-UK free trade agreement” once Brexit (the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union) takes effect on March 29, 2019.
Trump, for his part, said the prime minister was an “incredible woman” and apologized to her for an interview published by British tabloid The Sun in which he criticized her Brexit plan.
That interview was published as Trump and May were attending a gala dinner on Thursday night at Blenheim Palace along with scores of British business leaders.
While Trump was wrapping up his stay in England, tens of thousands of people took part in mass protests Friday in downtown London and across the UK.
“Say it loud, say it proud, Donald Trump’s not welcome here” was the most commonly heard slogan at the demonstrations in the British capital.
The Women’s March London and Together Against Trump platforms organized the largest demonstrations, which ended at Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square, respectively.
Organizers said the women’s march drew as many as 50,000 people, while the second brought around 100,000 out on the streets.
One protester, Englishman Chris Robbins, said Trump’s Middle East policies – particularly his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the US Embassy there from Tel Aviv – were among the reasons for the demonstrations, adding that they marked a setback for the Palestinian people.
A Spanish protester who lives in London, Unai Motriko, said Trump’s policies had “made racists and xenophobes think that it’s OK to think the way they think.”