Melania Trump bowls over British veterans and school kids during London visit

Lester Mason
July 13, 2018

With Britain reeling from the United States president's unflinching criticism of the prime minister's Brexit plans in an interview with the Sun, Melania Trump was escorted by Philip May on a tour of Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, had a meet and greet with British army veterans and schoolchildren, and enjoyed a game of bowls. But here in London, the tone was cordial - festive, even.

US First Lady Melania Trump (2L) and the British prime minister's husband Philip May (L) stand with school-children waving flags during a visit to the Royal Chelsea Hospital in London on July 13, 2018. Applicants must be over 65 and "unencumbered by spouse", according to its charter.

Dressed in a sleeveless dress by British designer and former Spice Girls member Victoria Beckham, the first lady held a "Be Best" chat with a group of uniformed schoolchildren and scarlet-coated Pensioners in the hospital's Great Hall.

"Thank you for helping me", she told one of the children.

She bowled four times on the green outside, and her towering high heels didn't stop her getting stuck in to the game.

Despite her nod to British fashion, the first lady - who wowed in a pale yellow J. Mendel gown for Thursday night's black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace - had some stiff style competition.

The hospital was founded as a retirement home for soldiers by King Charles II in 1682, and the Chelsea pensioners are famous for their distinctive scarlet coats.

Mrs Trump was greeted by Mr May when she stepped out of her vehicle at the Royal Hospital London today.

Melania Trump bowled Britain over today as she was pictured laughing with a group of kids - as they made poppies to raise money for injured veterans.

Mrs Trump is embarking on her own public appearance as the President and Theresa May carry out engagements ahead of a working lunch at Chequers.

Mrs Trump helped children make poppies - red paper badges sold annually in the United Kingdom to mark Armistice Day (November 11th) with the proceeds going to the veterans' charity, the Royal British Legion.

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